Pediatric ER in Palm Beach County

As the only hospital in the western communities with a dedicated pediatric hospital and 24/7 emergency care, The Children’s Hospital at Palms West provides an ongoing commitment to exceptional patient care.

Our pediatric ER treats more than 20,000 children each year, so you can feel the utmost confidence when entrusting us with your child's care.

If you think your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. For more information on pediatric emergency care services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (561) 345-7009.

Dedicated child-friendly ER

At the Children’s Hospital at Palms West, you will find a dedicated child-focused environment.

Some of our pediatric emergency services include:

  • Dedicated pediatric ER
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • 47 private pediatric beds
  • More than 50 general pediatricians

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

Our PICU features the latest equipment for critically ill children. When you walk onto this unique floor, you will notice colorful, child-friendly design themes. We also try to make each patient's room feel special and bright to stay on the positive side of an uncomfortable situation.

Should your child go to the ER?

Sometimes it's hard to know when an ER visit is necessary. If your child is experiencing any of the following, call 911 immediately:

  • Extreme difficulty breathing
  • Choking
  • Unconsciousness, especially after a head injury
  • Not breathing or has turned blue
  • Severe burn
  • Deep wound
  • Neck or spine injury
  • Heavy bleeding or bleeding that won't stop
  • A seizure lasting more than five minutes

If your child is experiencing any of the following, please take him/her to the ER:

  • Rectal temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in children less than two months old
  • Severe allergic reaction (shortness of breath, persistent vomiting, lip or oral swelling, dazed mental status)
  • Potentially or visibly broken bone
  • Body part near an injured bone, which is numb, tingling, weak, cold or pale
  • Vomiting followed by dry mouth, crying without tears, no urination in more than eight hours or acting very tired or dazed
  • High fever with headache and stiff neck
  • Suddenly difficult to wake up
  • Sudden loss of sight, speech or movement
  • Coughing or throwing up blood
  • A rapid heartbeat that won't slow down

If your child is experiencing any of the following, you should make an appointment with your family's physician or pediatrician:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Earache
  • Signs of bladder or urinary tract infection
  • Persistent cough, cold or sore throat
  • Upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Sinus pressure or pain
  • Skin irritation
  • Sprained or strained limbs or joints

Flu symptoms in children

Severe flu symptoms can be an emergency. If you or your child experience the symptoms below, don’t wait to get treatment:

  • Fast breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking fluids
  • Extreme irritability
  • Not being able to wake up

Our multidisciplinary team

In most cases, children who sustain a concussion recover completely in a relatively short amount of time. The best way to achieve a good outcome is to ensure the child is evaluated and assessed by experts with specialized training in brain injuries.

The Children's Hospital at Palms West offers expert care in the following areas of specialty:

Pediatric sports medicine—This specialty helps children with sport-related, mild, traumatic brain injuries.

Pediatric Rehabilitation—This specialty helps children with non-sports-related, mild, traumatic brain injuries.

Concussion Rehabilitation—This treatment option helps children who have problems with their oculomotor systems, functional vision, vestibular systems and balance after a sports-related injury. This specialty also helps patients experiencing concussion-related symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, vertigo, gait instability, difficulty with head or eye movement and/or trouble concentrating.

Pediatric Neurology—This specialty helps children with more complicated, continuous chronic headaches or underlying neurological issues, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism and epilepsy.

Pediatric Psychology—This specialty helps children experiencing prolonged cognitive, emotional and/or behavioral changes.

Pediatric Neurosurgery—This treatment option helps children with more severe brain injuries or repetitive brain injuries, which may require surgery.