When your child is injured or suddenly becomes sick, you and your pediatrician want the best treatment possible, and you want it now! So where do you go for fast treatment without an appointment—to a nearby Walk-In Medical Center, or to a Children's Emergency Center? And should you drive, or call 911?
Here's a set of guidelines to help you get appropriate care for your child in the fastest way.
When To Call An Ambulance:
If your child has severe bleeding, trouble breathing, is unconscious, or may have an injury to the neck or spine, call 911 for an ambulance to take you to the Children's Emergency Center at Bridgeport Hospital.
(If you're in doubt, remember this: Calling an ambulance in an emergency is never the wrong thing to do—it means your child will get professional care even before you reach the Emergency Center.)
When To Use The Children's Emergency Center:
An emergency center is needed if your child is seriously injured or ill. For children, a pediatric emergency center such as the one at Bridgeport Hospital is best, because the staff has the skills and the child-sized equipment to treat any situation. Injuries that require emergency center care include:
- A broken bone that causes deformity of the arm or leg, or that penetrates the skin
- A head injury that causes unconsciousness, even briefly
- Trouble breathing
- Severe bleeding that doesn't stop after 15 minutes of direct pressure
- A deep wound that looks like it may need stitches
- A fever over 100.4°F in a child less than 2 months of age; a sudden high fever associated with significant headache, lethargy or other severe symptoms; or any fever with convulsions
- Fainting, even if the child soon recovers
- Abdominal pain that interferes with your child's appetite or normal activity, and that gives rise to a low-grade fever (below 102°F)
(When in doubt, check with your pediatrician for advice.)
When To Take Your Child To The Closest Walk-In Medical Center:
If the problem is not one of those discussed above, but in your judgement it requires prompt treatment and your pediatrician is not available, a walk-in center can usually take care of problems such as:
- Minor burns or sunburn
- Skin rash
- Cuts requiring stitches
- Sprains or minor fractures (If you're not sure whether it's a break or a sprain, a walk-in center can usually handle either by bandaging or splinting.)
- Fever without convulsions
- Animal bites that are mild but have broken the skin (unless they are severe or are located on the hands or face)
Urgent Care For Your Child
The Pediatric Emergency Center in Bridgeport Hospital's Emergency Department is the only Emergency Center in Eastern Fairfield County that's dedicated to children.
Walk-In Medical Centers affiliated with Bridgeport Hospital are located in several communities:
Huntington Walk-In Medical Center
887 Bridgeport Avenue
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
First Aid Immediate Care Medical Center
900 White Plains Road
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fairfield Family Medical Care
525 Tunxis Hill Cut-Off
Sun.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Immediate Medical Care of Monroe
388 Main Street (Rte. 25)
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
1040 Barnum Avenue
Stratford, CT 06614
8 a.m.-8 p.m., 7 days/week