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Pediatric Emergency Room (ER)

Why choose Ochsner Children's Hospital for your child’s pediatric emergency care?

When your child is hurt or sick, you want to make them feel better — fast. The pediatric emergency department at Ochsner Children's Hospital in New Orleans is ready. Here, kids from birth to age 18 receive expert emergency room treatment from a team of pediatric specialists who balance kid-friendly care with the expertise only available in one of the country’s leading children’s hospitals. When your child needs care fast, we’re here.

The team at the pediatrics emergency department at Ochsner Children's Hospital offers care 24 hours a day, seven days a week to kids with all levels of illnesses or injuries. Our pediatric experts are ready to provide world-class care for life-threatening emergencies and trauma that require immediate medical attention, but our doctors are also here for those common childhood emergencies, like broken bones, cuts that need stitches and other urgent conditions.

Our pediatric emergency department offers:

  • A dedicated waiting room that’s only for infants, kids and young adults and their families

  • A team of board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists

  • Certified Child Life Specialists to make sure kids understand the care they’re receiving and are as comfortable as possible before, during and after they see a doctor or have a test or procedure

  • Kid-friendly exam rooms

  • In-house pediatric specialists and pediatricians are available for consultation, if needed.

Because our pediatric emergency room is part of Ochsner Children's Hospital, kids who are admitted have access to the full scope of pediatric care in a hospital that is designed to meet their needs. We know that kids aren’t just small adults, and the equipment and facilities throughout our hospital, including in the emergency room, are designed with kids’ comfort in mind.


The Ochsner pediatric emergency department is staffed with specialists trained in pediatric care and nurses available to care for your child. Our Certified Child Life Specialists, who are experts in child development, are on-site in our pediatric emergency room to help your child understand what's happening and make them feel safe, calm and supported to ensure they have the most positive experience possible.

We offer 24/7 pediatric emergency care at 1514 Jefferson Highway in New Orleans. To bring your child to the pediatric emergency room, come to the main emergency room. After your child is briefly evaluated to determine the severity of the illness or injury, you and your child will be brought to the Pediatric ER for care.

When your child needs emergency care, you can know your decision to turn to Ochsner Health is the right one. Ochsner Children's Hospital is recognized as the No. 1 children’s hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, our pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery and our pediatrics orthopedics programs were recognized among the best in the country.

FAQ

Bring your ID and a copy of your child’s medical insurance card. If your child takes any prescription medications, bring a list of them, as well as a list of any allergies your child may have. Be prepared to answer questions about your child’s medical history.

It can also help your child’s experience if you bring something that helps them feel more comfortable, such as a favorite stuffed animal or blanket.

After your visit, be sure to let your child’s regular pediatrician know about your visit. They may want to schedule a follow-up appointment.

The emergency department is designed for very serious injuries or illnesses that need immediate attention. Examples of these include:

  • Bites from animals

  • Breathing problems

  • Broken bones, especially those of the pelvis, back, face, neck or head

  • Cuts or punctures that cause your child to be unable to move part of their body, or cuts that are deep or large and need stitches

  • Head trauma

  • Injuries that cause a loss of consciousness or memory loss

  • Serious injuries to the back, neck or spine

  • Severe burns

  • Suspected internal injuries

  • Uncontrolled bleeding

  • Uncontrolled vomiting

Your child should see his or her pediatrician for minor medical concerns, such as colds and viruses (including the flu or COVID-19), minor injuries, poison ivy, fever, and other minor injuries or illnesses. If the pediatrician’s office isn’t open or you can’t get an appointment, a walk-in center or urgent care facility is a great option that will allow you to receive quick care.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Pediatric Emergency Room (ER)

Pediatric Emergency Room (ER) Locations

Ochsner Children’s Hospital - Emergency Room
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital
2810 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • : 9:44 p.m.-9:44 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Children's Hospital
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7