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When your child is sick or injured, his/her physician is usually your first point of contact. Even if it’s after hours, the on-call doctor can help you decide where to go for care, such as an Immediate Care Center or a Walk-In Clinic.
For a situation that’s more serious, a trip to the ER may be needed. Your child may need emergency care when she/he shows any of these signs. Of course, there are some emergencies in which 911 is your best choice: your child is having trouble breathing, is badly injured, unresponsive or unconscious.
When your child needs emergency care, a pediatric ER can provide care that’s more specialized for young patients than a regular ER.
Why choose a pediatric ER?
ER, Immediate Care, Walk-in Clinic or doctor’s office? Read our levels of care guide to help you decide.
Edward-Elmhurst Health’s three fully-equipped emergency departments in Naperville, Elmhurst and Plainfield provide specialized care for our youngest patients by staff trained in pediatric and trauma care, and pediatric advanced life support.
Both Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Emergency Departments are recognized as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). Learn more about pediatric emergency care at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
How to handle an emergency
When to take your child to the ER
How to prepare your sitter for an emergency
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