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Urgent Care vs. Emergency

Whether it’s urgent or an emergency, kids need pediatric, kid-focused care in any situation, even at a moment’s notice. Mainstreet Pediatrics is always here for you. So, give us a call first before heading to the emergency room. We can save you time and money while providing an excellent quality of care.

After hours, call our clinic at (720) 458-6543 to be directed to our 24/7 on-call provider. We can answer questions you may have, and if needed, schedule after-hours care. Our goal is to help you avoid an unnecessary visit to the ED. If there’s any chance it’s life-threatening, call 911 — it’s the quickest way to get emergency medical attention.

Still unsure? We offer both urgent care during business hours and after-hours care at our main clinic. Or, just consult our handy guide:

Urgent/ After Hours Care

  • Allergies (seasonal)
    Allergic reactions with no trouble breathing
  • Asthma attack with mild wheezing
  • Bloody nose
  • Broken bone or sprain (bone not deformed or sticking out of the skin)
  • Burns (minor)
  • Cough, cold or congestion
  • Cuts (that may require stitches)
  • Ear pain or tugging
  • Fainting but acting normal
  • Fever in children older than 30 days old
  • Headaches (mild)
  • Head injury if behaving normally
  • Hives with no trouble breathing
  • Insect bite or sting
  • Object stuck in nose or ear
  • Pain when peeing
  • Pink eye
  • Rash or skin irritation
  • Seizure that stops on its own
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat
  • Stomach Pain
  • Swallowed objects with no trouble breathing
  • Vomiting, diarrhea or constipation


  • Allergic reaction or hives with trouble breathing or vomiting
  • Asthma attack with trouble breathing after treatment
  • Breathing trouble or blue lips/fingers
  • Broken bone (bone deformed or coming out of skin)
  • Burns | Concern for abuse or neglect
  • Cuts that won’t stop bleeding
  • Dehydration
  • Difficulty responding or waking up
  • Fever in children <30 days old
  • Head injury with persistent vomiting or behavior change
  • Ingestions (call Poison Control first: 800- 222-1222)
  • Insect bite/ sting with trouble breathing
  • Lethargic
  • Migraine/ severe headache with neck pain
  • Numbness/ paralysis/ weakness/ vision loss
  • Object stuck in skin or eye (don’t pull it out)
  • Seizures that won’t stop
  • Slurred speech or trouble speaking
  • Suicide attempt/ threat to self or others
  • Swallowed button battery
  • Swallowed any object with trouble breathing


Urgent Care vs. Emergency

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