Is it an emergency? When to visit the emergency room vs. Eugene Pediatrics

Fact: About 80% of the time a child enters an emergency room in the U.S. it’s an unnecessary visit.

The emergency room is for true medical emergencies, such as:

  • Life-threatening injuries
  • Severe inability to breathe
  • Drug overdoses
  • Suicide attempt/unable to keep child safe

In a true emergency, call 911!

The emergency room is NOT the best choice if your child is experiencing:

  • Ear pain
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Rashes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Head/neck injuries if your child is conscious

Why should you call/visit Eugene Pediatrics instead of going to the ER in most situations?

We are board-certified pediatric specialists most qualified to handle your child’s medical needs.

  • We know your child’s medical history, which helps us know how best to treat your child’s current health problems – the ER doesn’t have that information.
  • We have your child’s medications and allergies on file so we can be sure the medicines we choose are the safest and best choice.
  • ER wait times can be hours long – we will make you an appointment, usually the same day you call us with a concern.
  • We have a comprehensive care team for you and your child – medical, mental health and social work at one clinic that’s dedicated to your child’s care.
  • We can schedule SAME-DAY VISITS for your child’s urgent medical needs.

We care about your kids and we want to help. Call us anytime, 24 hours a day at 541-HUG-KIDS (541-484-5437). Someone will answer and a medical professional will return your call even when our clinic is closed.

Emergency Help Lines

Mental Health Crisis Response  1-888-989-9990
Looking Glass Youth Hotline  541-689-3111
CAHOOTS  541-687-4000
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222

More about this topic
Filter by
Post Page
Is Your Child Sick? Healthy Kids with Kelli Warner
Sort by

Emergency Symptoms Not to Miss

Most life-threatening emergencies are easy to recognize. You would not overlook major bleeding, breathing that stops, a seizure or a coma. You would call 911 for help. If you suspected poisoning, you would call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Some emergency symptoms, however, can be missed or ignored. Here’s that important list. If your child has any of these symptoms, call your child’s doctor now. If you can’t reach them, go to the nearest ER. For a few of these


Button batteries pose danger to children

A child is taken to the emergency room approximately every three hours because they swallowed a button battery. Button batteries are extremely dangerous if ingested, and you only have about two hours to get your child to the hospital before they are at risk for major injury or even death.