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From appointments to emergency and urgent care to our 24/7 nurse line, we’re here to help in the heat of moment.

Not sure what type of care your child needs?

When your child is sick or injured, it can be difficult to tell how serious it is. You may not know if you should choose an emergency room, urgent care or other type of care.

If you’re not sure what type of care your child needs, here are some tips:

Call your child’s primary care provider first

If you are not concerned for a life-threatening emergency and unsure about where to go, call your child's primary care team. They will advise you on the best course of action.

Talk to a nurse

If it’s after hours and your child’s primary care provider is not available, you can call Children's Colorado's ParentSmart Healthline™ at 720-777-0123 to speak with an experienced pediatric nurse 24/7 who can help guide you to the best next steps.

Look up your child’s symptoms on our ChildrensMD mobile app

Use the ChildrensMD symptom checker mobile app to help you assess your child’s illness and better understand what their symptoms could mean. The app is available on iPhone, iPad and Android.


Urgent care

Our pediatric urgent care providers can treat illnesses and injuries that require medical attention but are not life-threatening. Urgent care is also an option if it’s after hours or your primary care provider is not available.

Emergency care

If you believe your child needs immediate attention and you have concerns for a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or find the emergency location nearest you.

Looking for specialty or outpatient care?

Children's Colorado is dedicated to caring for kids at all ages and stages of growth with more than 3,000 pediatric specialists helping to carry out our mission. We offer several options for making an appointment with one of our pediatric specialists.

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