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A spokeswoman for the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation said "immediate steps" were being taken to improve paediatric services, after it was heavily criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
She confirmed the CQC inspection two weeks ago was prompted by the death of a 10-year-old girl and a medication overdose of a baby.
It is understood that the girl was treated at the trust before she was transferred to London where she later died. The baby is expected to make a full recovery.
The trust said it could not provide any details about the child's death and the overdose because the cases are both subject to an internal review.
It said that there are more senior staff and nurses on duty at the Essex hospital, especially out of hours, and spot checks were being conducted.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued two warnings demanding "immediate improvements" at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The action comes after an unannounced inspection at Basildon University Hospital on November 3rd that was "prompted by a number of serious incidents involving the care of children at the trust".
During the visit to the acute hospital, inspectors identified a number of serious concerns.
In addition to the warnings, the CQC also told the trust it must commission an independent investigation into its paediatric services.
The hospital was earlier warned over standards in accident and emergency department and adult wards, in July.