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Pediatric Emergency Room

In an emergency, you want only the best pediatric care for your child: NCH and Lurie Children's.

NCH Pediatric ER

Open every day, 12 pm to midnight

View pediatric emergency staff

When the Peds ER is closed, pediatric specialists from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago are available for consultation in the main ER.

Visit adult Emergency Room page.

Important Emergency Phone Numbers

Keep the following phone numbers handy by taping them on or near your phone:

  • Your home phone and address
  • Your cell phone
  • A nearby relative's or trusted neighbor’s or friend's phone
  • Your child’s pediatrician
  • Emergency medical services (ambulance) (911 in most areas)
  • Police (911 in most areas)
  • Fire department (911 in most areas)
  • Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222)
  • Hospital
  • Dentist

When choosing where to go when your child needs emergency pediatric care, remember this: Treating children is different from treating adults. The equipment needs to be smaller, the atmosphere soothing and family friendly—and most of all, the staff should have the pediatric emergency expertise to determine the right diagnosis and treatment quickly.

At the Northwest Community Hospital Pediatric Emergency Room, we specialize in treating children and families in an emergency. Our experienced pediatric emergency staff work with board-certified pediatric emergency specialists from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to provide the very best pediatric care for children of all ages, down to the tiniest newborn.

We understand children. We know how to calm their fears, keep them (and you!) happy, and build a sense of trust so we can make the visit fast and not scary. We know the symptoms of the most common childhood sicknesses, and how chest pain in a child means something very different from chest pain in a grown up. We know the different medicines for kids, how to make sure kids of different ages and weights get the right amount of medicine, and can even show you how to make giving your child medicine easier! And, we recognize the importance of treating not only the child, but the child’s whole family, so the rooms in our pediatric emergency room are designed to be spacious enough to hold families and all they bring with them, like strollers and car seats. We even have a special, safe waiting area for siblings where they can read, play games or watch TV.

Remember: The next time your child has an emergency, come to the place designed for kids—the Pediatric Emergency Room at NCH. When to bring your child to the Pediatric ER.

Multidisciplinary pediatrics staff trained in child development

  • Board-certified specialists in pediatric emergency medicine from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago provide expert, compassionate care for sick or injured children
  • Nurse practitioners with specialized expertise in pediatric and emergency care know how to treat everything from broken bones to critically ill kids
  • Pediatric hospitalists from Lurie Children's are on-site 24 hours a day and are available to see children for consultations in the main emergency room when the pediatric ER is closed

Advanced pediatric emergency facility specifically designed for children

  • Larger treatment bays to accommodate everything that families bring with them
  • Comfortable seating for family members and safe, soothing décor
  • Equipment and supplies uniquely fashioned to meet the needs of pediatric patients and their families
  • Pediatric stretchers are even made to the same standards as cribs
  • A television in every patient bay
  • Toys, games and puzzles to keep your child happy and occupied
  • A sibling waiting area

Animal-assisted therapy in pediatric ER

  • Specially trained dogs and their handlers bring children and families in the pediatric ER a welcome distraction and comfort while also reducing stress

Visit the adult Emergency Room page.

When to bring your child to the Pediatric ER.


Rely on NCH for convenient access to a comprehensive range of specialized inpatient and outpatient pediatric services. Find a pediatrician now or call 847.618.4YOU (4968).

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Last Updated 2013/10/09