Where to Take Your Child for Medical Care

Where to Take Your Child for Medical Care

Life is busy and having a sick or injured child on top of everything else can be really overwhelming. Many parents aren’t exactly sure where to take their little one for medical care. It can be really confusing with all the different options available these days. Well, we are here to help! Here are some tips to help you decide.

When should I take my child to the PEDIATRICIAN?

One of our friendly providers at Johns Creek Pediatrics would love to see your child for their well checks and medical conditions that are not emergencies. So, what are medical conditions that aren’t considered emergencies you ask... well here are a few examples: coughs, colds, ear aches, foreign objects in ears and noses, pink eye, and sore throats. Click here to see all the services we provide.  If there is something else and you are not sure if it is something we will treat, just call us and we will let you know! We want you to think of us first, we are your medical home! We are open 7:30 am to 6 pm Monday- Thursday, 7:30 to 5 pm on Fridays, and 9 am to 11:30 am on Saturdays. Did you know we offer walk in visits, same day appointments, and telemedicine?

When should I take my child to an URGENT CARE CENTER?

We recommend going to an urgent care center if we are not open and your child has a non-emergency medical condition that you think may worsen if they are not seen before our office will be open next. If it is something that can wait, we prefer you come in to our office because we know your child best!

If you decide to go to an urgent care center, we recommend going to one of the local Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta urgent care centers. Children’s has a helpful app you can download that shows all of its locations and provides wait times- here is a link to download the app for iOS or android.

When should I take my child to the EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT?

Your child should go to the ER if they are experiencing an emergency. Some examples of emergencies include: difficulty breathing, fever of >100.4 F in a child younger than 2 months old, loss of consciousness, seizure, or severe bone fracture.

Just thinking about having to take your child to an ER can be scary. But one thing that can help you breathe a little easier is to remember that luckily there are 3 pediatric ERs in Atlanta designed just for kids. We recommend your child go to one of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Emergency Departments where there are health care providers who are specifically trained to treat pediatric patients.

When should I call 911?

Hopefully you will never have to call 911 for your child but just in case…we recommend you call 911 any time you believe a child needs immediate medical treatment. A list of some examples include: severe difficulty breathing, skin or lips that look blue, seizure, unresponsiveness, or a severe stiff neck accompanied by headache and fever.

If you aren’t sure if it is an emergency or not please call us at 770-814-1160, even if we aren’t open. We always have someone on call you can speak with to help you determine if you need to call 911, go the emergency department, urgent care, or come in to your friends at Johns Creek Pediatrics.


American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017, April 24). Is It A Medical Emergency or Not? Retrieved from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/Pages/Is-It-a-Medical-Emergency-or-Not.aspx

First Aid for Families. (2018, May 2). When to Call Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Retrieved from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/injuries-emergencies/Pages/When-to-Call-Emergency-Medical-Services-EMS.aspx