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Pediatric Emergency Departments nationwide, including Children’s Hospital New Orleans’ three emergency locations, are experiencing extremely high volumes due to increasing rates of respiratory illness in kids. Thank you for your understanding and patience while we care for patients as quickly and safely as possible.

For non-emergent illnesses and injuries you are encouraged to contact your pediatrician’s office directly, or you can visit LCMC Health Urgent Care locations across the metro area.

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Always call 911 if you think you may be experiencing a medical emergency, such as chest pain or severe bleeding.

Emergency Care

Major medical emergencies which are life or limb threatening require a trip to the emergency department.

Some reasons to seek emergency care include:

  • Large lacerations/wounds with bleeding that won't stop
  • Fever of >100.42 Fin a child younger than 60 days (2 months) old
  • Seizure lasting more than 2 minutes in a prior history of a seizure Any of the following conditions after a head injury: decrease in level of alertness, confusion, headache, vomiting, irritability, difficulty walking
  • Loss in co nscio usn ess
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe burns
  • Swallowed object with difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Severe bone fractures
  • Difficulty breathing or bluish tinge to lips, skin, fingertips, or nail beds Vomiting or coughing up blood
  • Severe neck stiffness or rash along with a fever
  • Poisonings
  • Eye pain
  • Croup
  • Any venomous bites or stings with spreading local redness and swelling, or evidence of general illness
  • New or worsening psychiatric or behavioral health issue
  • Worsening of most chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, etc.

Click here for Children’s Hospital New Orleans Emergency Department locations >>

Urgent Care

Urgent care centers are an option for common medical problems when a physician’s office is closed or unable to provide an appointment. Urgent Cares often offer extended hours in the evenings and weekends.

Urgent care can be a convenient option to treat minor illnesses and injuries, such as:

  • Minor burns
  • Earache or ear infection
  • Pink eye
  • Potential urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Sore throats and potential strep throat
  • Rashes and mild skin infections
  • Gastrointestinal illnesses, such as vomiting and diarrhea with mild dehydration
  • Simple wounds
  • Foreign objects in ears and noses Colds and coughs
  • Allergies
  • As a first step in nonemergency situations, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends calling your pediatrician's office-your child's "medical home" - to discuss your child's needs.

Click here to search LCMC Health Urgent Care locations across the metro area >>

LCMC Health Urgent Care Centers see children ages 6 months and older.

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