Kids and summer injuries: Emergency or immediate care?

July 25, 2013

Being a kid during the summer means playing outside – but the great outdoors can also expose your child to injuries, allergic reactions, severe sunburns and more. If your child does get hurt, how do you know if he or she needs a trip to the children's emergency room, or if he or she can be treated at your local immediate care center, or if you can just wait to see your regular doctor – is there a rule of (broken) thumb?

Listen to our expert's advice:

Providence cares for more than 32,000 children each year in our Portland area emergency rooms, including nearly 15,000 children in our children's emergency room at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. In this dedicated pediatric emergency room, we are equipped, staffed and designed to care for children of all ages - from newborns to toddlers to teenagers - 24 hours a day. Should your child need to stay overnight, the pediatric intensive care unit allows us to provide a connected experience of care for children and their families.