There will be lots of activity – both at home and when you arrive. The more you plan ahead, the fewer surprises there will be. Before walking out the door to go to the hospital, check to make sure you have the following:
- A list of questions for the doctor or nurse.
- Any paperwork your child's doctor has given you.
- Your insurance card. Remember: These must be the current month's cards.
- Your child's regular medicines and/or an updated list.
- Your child's favorite blanket, stuffed animal, doll or book.
- A bottle or sippy cup if used by your child.
- An extra pair of clothes for you and your child.
Helpful Hints for Parents When Going to the Hospital
- Please add an extra 15 minutes to your commute for parking when visiting our hospitals due to high patient volumes and construction activities.
- Give your child choices when possible to make him feel more in control. For example, let him choose a favorite toy to bring.
- Bring a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, doll or book to make your child more comfortable.
- If your child uses a bottle or sippy cup, please bring an empty one with you.
- It's a good idea to bring a change of clothes for you and your child. It is not uncommon for a child to feel sick to his stomach after surgery. Extra clothes are helpful in case your child throws up on you or himself.
- It is very important that you eat. This will help you be the best you can be for your child.
- Smile! Put your child at ease by showing your confidence, not your concerns.
Eating and Drinking Instructions
Before your child's procedure you will be given instructions on when to stop your child from eating and drinking.
- He cannot eat or drink for several hours before the procedure.
- This means not even a sip of water, gum or hard candy can be given to your child.
- If you do not follow your child's eating and drinking instructions it could cause serious problems and put your child's health at risk.
- Follow these instructions carefully. If you do not, the procedure will be delayed or canceled.
Health Care Check
There are four things we want to know:
- In the last few days has your child had any signs of an infectious illness such as fever, cold, vomiting or diarrhea?
- Has your child been exposed to chickenpox within three weeks of the planned date of admission? (If your child has already had chickenpox, or has had the chickenpox vaccine at least a month before being exposed, then your child is considered immune.)
- Has your child or anyone in your household been exposed to TB?
- It is important for us to have a complete, up to date list of all medications your child is currently taking including the dose, concentration of each medication and times that your child takes their medications. This information can be given to you by your pharmacist. Please have your pharmacy number available as well.
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," call your child's primary doctor immediately. If you have any other questions about an illness or symptoms your child has had in the past three to four weeks, call your child's primary doctor before your child's scheduled procedure. If it is necessary to cancel your child's procedure, call as soon as possible to speak with the doctor who will be doing the procedure so it can be rescheduled.
It is important that one adult who comes to the hospital is the child's legal guardian. The legal guardian will need to sign the consent forms. Procedures cannot be done if these are not signed.