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KidCare Advice - Helping parents when a child is sick or injured

How do you know whether your child needs simple home treatment, a visit to the doctor or a trip to the ER? We can help you decide.

By finding your child's symptoms in the KidCare Advice - Pediatric HouseCalls Online index, you can choose any of 80 pediatric topics and learn what level of medical care is needed or, if the illness/injury is minor, what you can do at home to relieve symptoms. The information is also available in Spanish.

By using the decision chart for each topic -- along with your common sense -- you can decide whether to:

  • Call 911
  • Go to the ER
  • Call your doctor now
  • Call your doctor within 24 hours
  • Call your doctor during weekday office hours
  • Give parent care at home

In an emergency

If you think you or your child are having a medical emergency, call 911 or the local emergency ambulance service now. When in doubt, call your doctor now or go to the closest Emergency Department.

Two 24/7 kids only emergency rooms

Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
2211 N.E. 139th St.
Vancouver, WA 97686

Kids only Urgent care. Open evenings and weekends

Randall Children's Urgent Care
1960 N.W. 167th Place
Beaverton, OR

The information in this section is licensed by Legacy Health from Self Care Decisions and LVM Systems, Inc. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. Legacy Health and The Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel assume no responsibility for how this information is used. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your health care provider if you have questions about a medical condition.