Pediatric Hospital Stay
The hours of the Pediatric Unit are 2-8 pm. Parents or guardians are welcome to visit at any hour and are encouraged to stay overnight with their children for support.
Before you arrive
Please bring your child's immunization records, insurance information/cards, special medical equipment currently used by your child, and a list of all medications taken by your child, including non-prescription medicines and vitamins.
Preparing your child
Children are usually less frightened if they know what to expect. Preparing children for a hospital stay can increase their confidence and ability to cope. Reading books about hospitals and talking about what to expect will help them understand what's to come. Tours are also available upon request.
During your child's stay
While in the hospital, your child can benefit from having familiar objects from home, such as a favorite stuffed animal, blanket, or toy. Some children like to wear their own pajamas and have photos of family and friends.
Talking with your child's doctor
We encourage you to be an active team member in your child's care. Nobody knows your child better than you do. Please share those special details that can help us care for your child. Ask questions and let us know if you have concerns.
As your child gets better, we'll work with you and your family to prepare for a safe homecoming. We'll talk about home care, at-home medications, how to use equipment at home and follow-up visits with the doctor. Assessing the child's emotional needs when returning to home is also very important. Many children need extra attention from family and loved ones and talking about their experiences and how it made them feel is important.