Pediatric emergency room at Methodist Children's Hospital

Our pediatric ER in San Antonio is ready to care for your child, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our physicians are board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine, and our staff consists of specially trained and experienced pediatric registered nurses, who are also certified in pediatric advanced life support (PALS).

If you believe your child needs immediate attention and you have concerns about a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
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When should you bring your child to the ER?

At Methodist Children's Hospital, we are equipped to provide emergency pediatric care for a wide range of conditions and injuries. We recommend that you seek emergency care immediately if your child:

  • Is unresponsive
  • Seems to be having trouble breathing
  • Has unexplained difficulty speaking or slurred speech
  • Has sustained a serious head injury
  • Is experiencing numbness, tingling or weakness on one side of the body
  • Has broken a bone
  • Has ingested something that may be dangerous or toxic

What to expect at the pediatric ER

When you and your child arrive at the pediatric ER, a triage nurse will assess your child’s illness or injury. You will then be asked to have a seat in our child-friendly waiting area until we are ready to see your child. Our emergency room has translation services available for anyone who does not speak English.

Please know that we will always attend to your child as quickly as we can, but if another child arrives after your child and is experiencing a more dangerous or threatening illness or injury, our care team will need to see this child before yours. Even if the waiting room is empty, you may experience a wait if the exam rooms are filled or many doctors and nurses are attending to a particularly serious case.

Our care team will ask a series of questions based on your child’s needs. A series of tests may need to be administered to determine the best course of care.

Cost of emergency pediatric care

The cost associated with an ER visit can be higher than a visit to an urgent care clinic or your child’s pediatrician because the ER is home to a much larger care team and the most advanced, life-saving medical technology.

It also helps to be aware of your insurance benefits. If you are unsure, call your insurance company and speak with a representative who should be able to explain your benefits, costs and copays. We offer a patient financial resource to help estimate pricing for hospital services.

Getting to the children's emergency room

We are located on the first floor of the children's tower and offer a drive-up valet service. While most visitors choose our free valet service, you may also park in one of our parking garages. Be sure to bring a list of medications your child is currently taking with you to the ER.