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When your child is ill or injured, it can feel like an emergency, even if it isn’t. Of course, when it is an emergency, the ER is the only option, but when the situation isn’t an emergency, urgent care is the best option. If you’re a parent in the Wichita KS area, then you can bring your child to AFC Urgent Care for immediate treatment by a certified doctor. Come see us for pediatric urgent care in Wichita, KS.
This is a good question, and the answer is usually yes. However, some urgent care clinics can’t see newborns (children younger than 3 months) because these young children have very particular health needs that not all healthcare providers can tend to. Also, newborns are more vulnerable to ailments like the flu, so they might require emergency care. If your newborn is experiencing the flu with a high fever, then this can be very serious, so you need to go the ER (emergency room) for treatment.
Most often, urgent care clinics can see newborns for minor health conditions, and all urgent care clinics can see older children for all minor conditions. These clinics provide pediatric urgent care, which is healthcare for children, specifically, so the clinics are able to take care of children with any minor, common illness or injury. They can even help children with chronic conditions like asthma, or provide pediatric physical exams.
When a child has a fever, it can vary in severity. Here are some guidelines for parents:
If your child was left in a hot car and has a fever as a result, then take him or her to the ER. Or if a newborn has a rectal temperature of 100.4 F or higher, then you must go to the ER.
In different circumstances, it can be difficult to tell whether the ER or urgent care is the best option. Here’s a good general rule: if you’re ever unsure whether a situation could be life-threatening, or if a situation is life-threatening, then you must go to the ER. This is because only the ER can handle these serious, life-threatening situations. If you’re absolutely sure that a situation is not life-threatening, then you can go to urgent care instead. For instance, fever in children older than 3 months is usually not an emergency, so urgent care is fine.
Yes, we do! Our doctors are fully capable of treating children of any age. AFC Urgent Care is located over at 3161 N. Rock Road, Suite A Wichita, Kansas, 67226, and you can get directions on our Directions page. We’re open for you and your family 7 days a week, Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm, and Sunday 9am to 3pm. And because our clinic is a walk-in clinic, you can come see us without the need for an appointment! However, if you would rather make an appointment, you can book one with us at (316) 440-2712.
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With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.