Pediatric emergency care

One size fits all doesn't work in emergency care, especially when it comes to kids. They need oxygen masks and other equipment sized just for them. They also need healthcare providers who know the right dose of medication for a child—and the right words to coax a smile.

Each of our emergency departments in Naperville, Plainfield and Elmhurst provide specialized care for our youngest patients.

Pediatric ER

Edward's Emergency Department is recognized as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). We were the first pediatric ER in DuPage County (opened in 2000) and have treated hundreds of thousands of children. We're staffed by doctors and nurses who've been trained to treat kids, and we have family-friendly rooms and equipment designed for their sizes, shapes and needs.

Learn about our expert care for common pediatric issues, such as pediatric asthma and pediatric concussions.

For added peace of mind, Edward’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is available for children who need critical care, and its Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit, the highest level possible in Illinois, provides specialized care for the sickest and most fragile newborns.

Child life specialists are available to comfort children and teens being treated. They help young patients relax, prepare them for treatment and teach them how to cope.

Meet our pediatric emergency medicine physicians

Kid-friendly ERs

Both the Elmhurst Hospital ER and the Edward Plainfield ER are kid-friendly and ready to focus on the unique needs of children. The Elmhurst ER is state-recognized as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP). And, the Plainfield ER is led and staffed by the team who operates Edward's Naperville ER. Open around-the-clock, both ERs are staffed with board-certified ER doctors and certified emergency nurses. Each ER provides streamlined care and is furnished with child-sized equipment and kid-friendly waiting areas.

Information for physicians referring to the Plainfield Kid-friendly ER

When inpatient care is needed

Should your child’s condition require hospitalization, including pediatric intensive care, both the Plainfield ER and the Elmhurst ER have transport services available. The Plainfield ER has a transport team on site 24/7 to transfer children to the Naperville campus. Edward Hospital is one of 10 pediatric critical care centers in the state. The transport team is trained in pediatrics as well as adult transports. Elmhurst Hospital’s Pediatric Unit provides a wide range of treatment in a caring, kid-friendly environment. When needed, Elmhurst Hospital also transfers pediatric patients requiring a higher level of care to Edward Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Naperville via private ambulance.