Urgent or Emergency Care?
If you believe your child needs immediate attention and you have concerns for a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Not sure what counts as urgent and what's an emergency when your child is sick or injured? When it can't wait, know where to take your kids.
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|Chickenpox||10-21||2 days before rash until all sores have crusts (6 - 7days)|
|Fifth disease (Erythema infectiosum)||4-14||7 days before rash until rash begins|
|Hand, foot, and mouth disease||3-6||Onset of rash until fever gone. If widespread blisters, return after blisters are dry (6-7 days).|
|Impetigo (strep or staph)||2-5||Onset of sores until 24 hours on antibiotic|
|Lice||7||Onset of itch until 1 treatment|
|Measles||8-12||4 days before rash until 4 days after rash appears|
|Roseola||9-10||Onset of fever until rash gone (2 days)|
|Rubella (German measles)||14-21||7 days before rash until 5 days after rash appears|
|Scabies||30-45||Onset of rash until 1 treatment|
|Scarlet fever||3-6||Onset of fever or rash until 24 hours on antibiotic|
|Shingles (contagious for chicken pox)||14-16||Onset of rash until all sores have crusts (7 days) (Note: No need to isolate if sores can be kept covered.)|
|Bronchiolitis||4-6||Onset of cough until 7 days|
|Colds||2-5||Onset of runny nose until fever gone|
|Cold sores (herpes)||2-12||Footnote 1|
|Coughs (viral) or croup (viral)||2-5||Onset of cough until fever gone|
|Diphtheria||2-5||Onset of sore throat until 4 days on antibiotic|
|Influenza||1-2||Onset of symptoms until fever gone|
|Sore throat, strep||2-5||Onset of sore throat until 24 hours on antibiotic|
|Sore throat, viral||2-5||Onset of sore throat until fever gone|
|Tuberculosis||6-24 months||Until 2 weeks on drugs (Note: Most childhood TB is not contagious.)|
|Whooping cough||7-10||Onset of runny nose until 5 days on antibiotic|
|Diarrhea, bacterial||1-5||Footnote 2 for Diarrhea Precautions|
|Diarrhea, giardia||7-28||Footnote 2 for Diarrhea Precautions|
|Diarrhea, traveler's||1-6||Footnote 2 for Diarrhea Precautions|
|Diarrhea, viral (Rotavirus)||1-3||Footnote 2 for Diarrhea Precautions|
|Hepatitis A||14-50||2 weeks before jaundice begins until jaundice resolved (7 days)|
|Pinworms||21-28||Minimally contagious, staying home is unnecessary|
|Vomiting, viral||2-5||Until vomiting stops|
|Infectious mononucleosis||30-50||Onset of fever until fever gone (7 days)|
|Meningitis, bacterial||2-10||7 days before symptoms until 24 hours on IV antibiotics in hospital|
|Meningitis, viral||3-6||Onset of symptoms and for 1-2 weeks|
|Mumps||12-25||5 days before swelling until swelling gone (7 days)|
|Pinkeye without pus (viral)||1-5||Mild infection, staying home is unnecessary|
|Pinkeye with pus (bacterial)||2-7||Onset of pus until 1 day on antibiotic eyedrops|
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If you think that your child is having a medical emergency, call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service NOW!
And when in doubt, call your child's doctor NOW or go to the closest emergency department.
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