What to bring to the hospital for your child
What to bring
- Insurance cards, medical cards, photo identification and your child‘s Social Security number
- A copy of your child‘s immunization record
- Proof of guardianship (for court-appointed guardians)
- All of your child’s medications, including breathing treatments and inhalants
- Containers for eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures; leave valuables such as jewelry at home
- Your child’s favorite toy, blanket and/or pacifier to help make the surroundings more familiar
- Dress your child comfortably. Clothing should be loose and easily removed. If your child is having a cast applied, bring appropriate clothing to wear with the cast.
- If you are not the parent, you must bring court-appointed guardianship/custody papers in order to sign consent. In the absence of guardianship/custody papers, surgery will be canceled.
Not required, but you or your child might want:
- A device for streaming entertainment. Our facilities have free Wi-Fi.
- A blanket, pillow and stuffed animal from home
- Pajamas from home. Norton Children’s Hospital provides pajamas too.
- Slippers and socks; sometimes you can wear your own clothes
- Photos of family and friends and fun posters to decorate your room (Remember, it is your room while you are at the hospital!)
- Toothbrush, comb, lotion and personal items
- Games, books, magazines, art supplies and other fun activities
- Any favorite food or snacks
- Questions for doctors, nurses and other caregivers
- A positive attitude — everyone is here to help you! You will do great!
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