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 ER

The Plainfield ER is kid-friendly, led and staffed by the team who operates Edward's Naperville ER. It’s open around the clock, with board-certified ER doctors, certified emergency nurses, child-sized equipment, a kid-friendly waiting area and streamlined care.

Information for physicians referring to the Plainfield Kid-friendly ER

Pediatric fast track

Elmhurst Hospital has a special area set aside to focus on the unique needs of children and provide quick treatment. We have kid-friendly waiting areas and child-sized equipment. The hospital’s pediatric inpatient unit is next to the emergency room, and clinicians have been cross-trained to staff both areas. Elmhurst’s Emergency Department is also state-recognized as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics.