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Child with adultOur pediatric services offer the best in specialized and skilled medical care, from newborns up until the patient’s 18th birthday. Young adults, ages 18-21, with chronic illnesses including but not limited to Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome, may be admitted to the Pediatric Unit by their pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist. 

A highly experienced team of physicians and nurses cares for pediatric patients. Their skill in treating a range of childhood illnesses and diseases is equally matched by their compassion and understanding.

Our specialists include:

  • Pediatricians
  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Pediatric urologists

Our radiologists and radiologic technicians are experienced in pediatric imaging, offering conscious sedation for MRI and CT scans in-house.

Dr. Scott Hamilton, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and medical advisor in the Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center Pediatric Treatment Area within the ED. He maintains a blog,, focusing on pediatric care and helping kids be kids again.

Emergency Pediatric Services 

Like many patients, our pediatric patients are admitted by way of the “Emergency Department (ED). For their special needs, Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center provides a Pediatric Treatment Area within the ED. Our board-certified pediatricians treat a multitude of cases, from everyday illnesses to serious traumas.

The Pediatric Treatment Area within Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center's ED is a recipient of the “Silver Bear” Award from the Governor’s Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Council. It is recognized as one of the best places for children to receive emergency care.

Dedicated Pediatric Treatment Area Hours in the ED: Seven days a week, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics Pediatrics

Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics offers outpatient pediatric services, providing direct admission to Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center’s Pediatrics floor.

Board-certified physicians treat ADHD, Autism and other developmental/behavioral disorders, and coordinate early intervention services.

In addition, children seen at Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics have convenient access to state-of-the-art imaging, speech therapy and audiology services, using a wireless Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) system. The system allows physicians to assess infants and young children without anesthesia, reducing the wait time for assessments and making it safer for patients by eliminating the need for sedation.