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Pediatric emergency care

Specialized staff provide pediatric emergency care in a pediatric-friendly emergency room (ER). Highly trained pediatric doctors and nurses use child-sized medical equipment to evaluate and treat your child for medical emergencies.

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Children's emergency room (ER) in Palm Beach County, Florida

When your child is facing a medical emergency, it's important to seek prompt, quality care you can trust. 

At HCA Florida Palms West Children's Hospital, we are proud to provide a dedicated pediatric hospital and 24/7 emergency care. This means your child will receive treatment in an environment specifically designed with their needs in mind. Our ER doctors and nurses treat more than 20,000 children each year, so you can feel the utmost confidence when entrusting us with your child's care.

Don't delay during a medical emergency 

If you think your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

If you think your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Dedicated child-friendly ER

As part of our commitment to providing comprehensive pediatric services, our pediatric ER is standing ready to provide the prompt care your child needs.

Features of our ER

Our pediatric emergency services include:

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

Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

Our PICU features advanced equipment and a compassionate staff equipped to treat 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 create a positive, healing environment for your child.

Child life specialist

We know that when your child is in the hospital, it can be a stressful time for your family. Because of this, our child life specialists will be there to support your child through therapeutic play and developmentally appropriate activities. They will also be there to help guide your family and address any questions you may have.

Our specialty areas

When your child comes to our pediatric ER, you can take confidence in knowing they will receive treatment and services specifically tailored to their needs. Our specialty areas include:

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

Pediatric rehabilitation — This specialty helps children recover or cope with injuries or orthopedic, neurological, congenital and developmental disorders.

Concussion rehabilitation — This specialty helps children who have problems with their oculomotor systems, functional vision, vestibular systems and balance after a sports-related injury. It also helps children 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.

When to take your child to the ER

Sometimes it's hard to know when an ER visit is necessary. We've outlined the appropriate actions to take for the symptoms below.

If your child is experiencing any of the following, call 911 immediately:

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

If your child is experiencing any of the following, please take them to the ER:

  • A rapid heartbeat that won't slow down
  • Body part near an injured bone, which is numb, tingling, weak, cold or pale
  • Coughing or throwing up blood
  • High fever with headache and stiff neck
  • Potentially or visibly broken bone
  • 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)
  • Suddenly difficult to wake up
  • Sudden loss of sight, speech or movement
  • Vomiting followed by dry mouth, crying without tears, no urination in more than eight hours or acting very tired or dazed

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

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

Flu symptoms in children

  • Bluish skin color
  • Extreme irritability
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Fast breathing
  • Not drinking fluids

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