In any emergency, you want care for your kids fast. Our children's emergency rooms offer emergency care just for kids, so you can get them home sooner.
If you believe your child needs immediate attention and you have concerns for a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
Emergency care at Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Colorado offers children's emergency rooms at the following locations in the Denver metro area and southern Colorado:
Conditions we treat in the ER
Emergency departments, often called emergency rooms or the "ER," can treat minor conditions but also deal with much more serious injuries and illnesses. Emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Commonly treated emergency conditions in kids include:
Learn more about the difference between urgent and emergency care.
Why choose Children's Colorado in an emergency?
Kids' health emergencies require special expertise. Pediatric emergency specialists at Children's Colorado undergo at least three additional years of pediatric emergency training than teams at adult emergency departments. In addition to making kids (and their families) feel more at ease in emergency situations, this specialization means faster diagnosis and treatment — which helps your child heal and get back to normal faster.
And unlike many other emergency departments, our doctors will contact your pediatrician about your child's visit. This means your child's medical record will be up-to-date and accurate, and that their primary care doctor will already have any test results and know about any procedures that were performed.
Should you go to urgent care or the emergency room?
If you are ever concerned about a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
We understand that it can be tough to decide between urgent and emergency care for your kids. Learn more about how to choose urgent vs. emergency care.
If you're still in doubt, you can always call our free ParentSmart Healthline to speak with an experienced pediatric nurse 24/7. Our team will help you determine whether your child's symptoms necessitate a trip to the ER or not. Call 720-777-0123 to speak with a nurse now.
Get to know our pediatric experts.
Children's Colorado in the news
July 7, 2017
Kevin Carney, MD, medical director of the Emergency Department, explained the symptoms of dry drownings, and how parents can keep their kids safe this summer around water.
May 18, 2017
Children's Colorado and the Kempe Center partner to raise awareness about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome and provide tips and resources on how to calm a crying baby. Daniel Lindberg, MD, emergency medicine who specializes in child abuse, was interviewed.
U.S. News & World Report
May 5, 2017
According to new research presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the number of marijuana-related ER visits made by teens and young adults more than quadrupled at Children's Colorado after the state legalized marijuana. "The state-level effect of marijuana legalization on adolescent use has only begun to be evaluated," said Sam Wang, MD, emergency medicine and medical toxicology, and lead author of the study.
FOX21 Colorado Springs
March 20, 2017
Three years ago, Beckett Goss, 7, swallowed a button battery. "If a button battery sits in your esophagus, the injury can begin as quickly as 30 minutes and within hours it can have burned all the way through your esophagus," said Dr. Christine Waasdorp Hurtado.