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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. What are the visiting hours?
  2. Can I sleep in my child’s room?
  3. Can I bring food from home?
  4. What if I am breastfeeding?
  5. Schoolwork
  6. Balloons
  1. 1. What are the visiting hours?
    Parents/guardians of pediatric patients may visit at any hour around the clock. For safety and security, all visitors must obtain a visitor badge from the information desk in the lobby or from the secretary in the unit.
    Visitors to the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) must call the unit to request entry.

  2. 2. Can I sleep in my child’s room?
    Parents are welcome to stay with their child around the clock. We encourage one parent or guardian to spend the night with their child,
    and sleeping accommodations are provided. In order to prevent injury, patients under 3 years of age must sleep in a crib. For safety reasons, visitors may not sit or sleep in the crib with the child.

  3. 3. Can I bring food from home?
    There is limited space for storing food from home. If you would like to store a small amount of food, please wrap the food and give it to a staff member to label and put in the unit’s refrigerator. Please remember that your child may be on a special diet while in the hospital; check with your nurse before giving your child any food you bring from home.

  4. mother and child4. What if I am breastfeeding?
    We recognize that breastfeeding is the preferred method of infant feeding whenever possible. The lactation specialist works as part of our team to support breastfeeding infants with special healthcare needs and to manage breastfeeding problems. If your child is unable to breastfeed at any time during the hospital stay, you can express milk with a breast pump and store it for use when your child is able to eat. We will provide the breast pump and supplies.
    Breast milk must be labeled with your child’s name, medical record number and the date the milk was pumped. Please inform your infant’s nurse of any medication that you are taking at this time due to the crossover of medications into the breast milk.

  5. 5. Schoolwork
    If your child’s hospital stay is longer than 10 days, the physician can arrange for your child to receive schooling according to his or her individual needs.

  6. 6. Balloons
    Mylar balloons are safe and allowed in patient rooms. Latex balloons present choking and allergy risks and are not allowed.