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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Baystate Children's Hospital (part of Baystate Medical Center) is western Massachusetts’ only pediatric emergency department. When your child has a medical emergency, this is where you want to be. Our board certified pediatric emergency specialists treat young people from birth to 18 years of age with expert, compassionate, round-the-clock care.

Everything Your Child Needs for Comprehensive Emergency Care

Our Pediatric Emergency Department is adjacent to the Adult Emergency Department of Baystate Medical Center, and is staffed around the clock by pediatric emergency specialists and nurses. We have everything your baby, youngster, or adolescent needs, including:

  • A child-and-family-friendly waiting area with colorful, playful décor, and child-sized furniture
  • Dedicated areas for children’s assessment
  • 18 private treatment rooms for children and their families
  • Child life specialists who help children and their families understand medical matters through play, support, and education

If it becomes necessary for your child to stay at the hospital, you’re already in the right place with our Children's & Adolescents' Unit and the region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

When to Go to the ER

In a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. You never need an appointment for emergency care. Emergency care is intended for serious illnesses and injuries such as:

  • Allergic reactions that are severe - trouble breathing, hives, swelling
  • Animal bites
  • Baby diapers not wet for 18 hours
  • Bleeding that’s heavy or difficult to control
  • Breathing trouble, including severe asthma attacks
  • Broken bones, especially if a bone sticks out through the skin
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Deep wounds
  • Fainting/unconsciousness
  • Heartbeat that’s fast and won’t slow down
  • High fever that is accompanied by a stiff neck or severe headache
  • Seizures
  • Severe burn, pain, headache, or head injury
  • Shock
  • Sudden change in speech, vision, walking, or movement
  • Unconsciousness, unresponsiveness, sudden sleepiness, or confusion
  • Uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhea

If the condition is life threatening or you cannot safely transport your child to the Pediatric Emergency Department, call 911.