What’s in a Name? Pediatric vs Non Pediatric Urgent Care


In Portland, we’re fortunate to have lots of healthcare options, including many urgent care facilities. But, as a board-certified pediatrician with lots of experience doing primary care, I can tell you that for kids, not all urgent care clinics are created equally. 

To better illustrate what I mean, let me tell you about a patient I once saw called Betsy, who had visited a non-pediatric urgent care practice with her mom several days before finally coming to see us at Pacific Crest. Betsy’s mom had gone to an urgent care clinic because she suspected that her daughter had an ear infection. The treating healthcare provider at the clinic agreed with her and started Betsy on an antibiotic.

When I saw Betsy, she was having an adverse reaction to the medicine. After recommending treatment for the problem created by the antibiotics, I examined her ears. And that's when I got a surprise.

Typically with ear infections, you can see evidence of the infection for anything up to a few weeks after the problem has been resolved, but when I examined Betsy, I saw two perfectly healthy ears! I couldn’t help wondering whether her ears were genuinely infected and indeed, required antibiotics at all…

When children are sick with colds or other viruses, it is normal to see ears that look slightly irritated, dull, or with some fluid behind the drum. 70% of these ear abnormalities are caused by a virus and don’t require any treatment at all.

When I explain to parents why I think pediatric urgent care is the best option for their child’s welfare, I think back to patients like Betsy, whose experience at an ‘everybody’ urgent care facility highlights why coming to a child-specific clinic is so worthwhile. 

Expert, Pocket-friendly Care

At Pacific Crest Children’s Urgent Care, you’ll see a certified pediatric expert every single time. These are medical professionals who are used to treating a wide range of childhood illnesses.  For you as a parent, this means that we eliminate unnecessary tests, interventions, procedures, and medicine that could upset, or worse, harm your child. And that means better care for your little one, less risk of a bad reaction to treatment, and lower costs.

Healthcare for your child is one area where a little more time in the car (or even, dare we say, crossing the river) is totally worth it. At Pacific Crest Children’s Urgent Care we do one thing and we do it very well: We take care of kids when they’re sick or hurt. If you’re looking for the very best in urgent care for children 0-22 years of age, come to see us. 

We’re here to help.


Corey Fish