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Your Child’s Hospital Stay

Visiting Your Child

Because we realize how important it is for the child and the family to be together during treatment for an illness or injury, we have established very flexible visiting hours. For your safety, as well as our patients’ safety, we ask that you please follow these guidelines.

Parents, guardians and/or designated adults (18 years-of-age or older) may visit 24 hours-a-day. The Children's Center reserves the right to limit visitors, in the best interest of patients, families and guests. There are sleep accommodations for one person at each bedside. Exception: On the Child Psychiatry unit, parents/guardians may visit from 12 noon to 8 p.m., and there are no sleep accommodations at bedside.

On all units, guests may be asked to leave the room/unit to facilitate addressing clinical needs.

GUEST/YOUNG SIBLING VISITING HOURS
Any age sibling may visit general care units during designated guest hours. Siblings 12 years or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please note:  During flu season (November through the spring), siblings and visitors must be 16 years-of-age or older to visit a patient. (See more about sibling requirements below.)

General Care Units: A maximum of four guests per patient, at any one time. This includes parents and guardians. Visiting hours: Noon-8 p.m.

PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit): A maximum of two guests per patient, at any one time. Parental consent required. Visiting hours: Noon-8 p.m.

NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit): A maximum of four guests per patient at any one time, one of whom must be a parent. Exception: Up to four people in a designated Support Circle may visit without a parent present. Visiting hours: Noon-8 p.m. There are additional NICU requirements for siblings. See below. 

Child Psychiatry: Maximum of two approved guests per patient, at any one time. General visiting hours: Noon-1:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.

PACU: Two family members can be present with their child during recovery from surgery. The family members must be 16 years-of-age or older.

SIBLING VISITATION
Siblings of any age may visit general care units during designated guest hours. Exception: During flu season, beginning in November and ending in the spring, siblings and visitors must be 16 years-of age-or older to visit the general units and 18 years-of-age or older to visit the NICU.

  • Siblings under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Sibling visitation in the PICU should be arranged through the charge nurse, to determine the best time for the visit and/or the length of the visit.
  • Sibling visitation in the NICU: Siblings must be supervised by an adult family member at all times. Siblings under 2 may not visit. For siblings 2-13 years-of-age, visitation is limited to Wednesday and Sunday evenings, and after the completion of a screening process. Siblings 13 and older may visit the NICU any day, noon-8 p.m., with a parent present. Siblings 2-12 years-of-age must have a NICU Sibling Visitation Screening form completed by their regular health care provider prior to their first visit. Siblings whose vaccinations are not current will not be allowed to visit. Those who have received the chicken pox vaccine and developed a rash may not visit until the rash is gone. Those who have not had the chick pox vaccination nor a documented case of the chicken pox will be screened before each visit for possible exposure within the last four weeks and will not be allowed to visit if exposure has occurred. Sibling visitation may be suspended completely on the advice of the Infection Control Department or during times of unit emergency.
  • On all units, any child who has had a rash, fever, cold diarrhea, flue or other illness within the last week will not be allowed to visit.
  • On the Child Psychiatry unit, siblings must be 18-years-of-age or older to visit.

Siblings may visit a unit's playroom if the patient and a parent or guardian are also in the playroom. Staff cannot be responsible for infant/child sibling care or supervision. Families need to plan accommodations for an infant sibling, as the infant may not live in the Children's Center. This is for the protection of the infant as well as the patients.

Additional guests can wait in the family lounges outside of each clinical unit.

    FAMILY/VISITOR HEALTH
    It is expected that all guests are healthy: no colds, flu, diarrhea, vomiting or infectious diseases such as chicken pox. Guests may be asked to leave if an individual is exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness.  


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