Emergency Medicine for Kids

Emergency Department

According to The American College of Emergency Physicians, more than 30 million children in the US receive acute and life-saving care in emergency departments (EDs) each year. 

South Texas Health System Children's has the only pediatric ED in the Rio Grande Valley that provides specialized emergency care just for kids. We know that an emergency situation can be a stressful time for both kids and parents. Our ED has kids in mind with colorful paintings and a pleasant atmosphere. Our specially trained staff of pediatric emergency personnel work quickly and efficiently to care for your child. 

South Texas Health System Children's is also equipped with a helicopter landing pad for air support. Helipads allow air ambulances and MEDEVACs to transfer patients to trauma units and receive patients from remote areas without local hospitals. Air ambulances are useful when a patient needs to be relocated to a different hospital in a short time period, rather than driving the patient.

Don’t wait! If you’re having a medical emergency go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.

ER Reserve

ER Reserve lets you request a time (up to 12 hours in advance) in the ER for non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses such as:

  • Flu
  • Sore throat
  • Earache
  • Cough or cold
  • Muscle strains and sprains

Request a time with ER reserve

Kid-Focused Care For Trauma, Injuries and Major Illness

Pediatric emergency physicians and nurses are sensitive to the needs of kids and take a different approach to care. They are trained to put kids at ease so they can be more receptive to procedures and treatment, such as pain management. Pediatric emergency specialists also know how to use medical tools and equipment that’s adjusted to fit kids.

The emergency staff at South Texas Health System Children's treat children for a wide range of medical conditions and injuries, including:

  • High and persistent fever
  • Severe infections or allergic reactions
  • Cuts, burns or broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Appendicitis
  • Asthma and difficulty breathing — we have two dedicated Asthma Rooms in our ED to help children manage their asthma and breathe easier. The rooms are equipped with a comfortable sofa, recliners, books, toys and a TV to minimize the child's anxiety.
  • Complications from chronic or congenital illnesses

Emergency Department Resources for Parents