When to Visit a Doctor... and Where

When kids get sick, sometimes parents question what to do and where to go. Here are some general guidelines.

Start with Your Child’s Doctor

The best place for regular care is your primary care doctor. Trust your instincts. Call the doctor when you have a concern about how your baby looks or feels or if you have questions about how to take care of him.

When to call your doctor
If your baby:

  • Has a fever that your doctor does not know about (a fever is a rectal temperature over 100.4ºF).
  • Has a change in behavior.
  • Does not wake up easily.
  • Does not feed well.
  • Falls or is burned.
  • Cannot be comforted with feeding, changing, burping, holding or rocking after one hour.
  • Vomits more than two times in one hour.
  • Has less than one wet diaper every four to six hours or less than six to eight diapers in 24 hours.
  • Has blood in his urine or bowel movement.

When to take your child to primary care
During weekdays and by appointment for:

  • Common illnesses and minor injuries
  • Flu shots and other vaccines
  • Physicals
  • Well-child checkups

Children's Healthcare of ForsythVisit Urgent Care for Minor Conditions

When your child's primary care doctor is not available, you can take your child to an Urgent Care Center for minor illnesses and injuries, such as cold or flu, allergic reactions, broken bones and minor cuts. You don't need an appointment.

Urgent Care visits usually take less time and costs less than a visit to an Emergency Department for the same problem.

Our centers are open every day.

Visit an Emergency Department for Serious Injuries

Emergency departments are for life-threatening conditions, or serious problems such as a head injury, trauma, seizure or infection. 

The Children’s Emergency Departments specialize in caring for children only. Children are different than adults due to their changing bodies. Our specialists are experienced in caring for the unique needs of children. Our Emergency Departments are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In case of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away.

This is general information and is not specific medical advice for your child. Always consult your child’s doctor or other healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the care or health of your child.