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What to Bring

What to Bring to Make Your Child More Comfortable

Members of the Mary Bridge Teen Council suggest their top-ten things to bring from home to make your hospital stay more comfortable.


  • List of any allergies your child may have to medications, food, dyes, latex, tape or other substances
  • List of any medications your child takes regularly, and the dosage — both prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Any paperwork or X-rays from your child’s doctor or health care provider
  • Your emergency contact numbers
  • Insurance card or any other important billing information for you child
  • Child's Social Security card or number
  • Child's insurance card

Comfort Items

  • Their own pajamas (a two-piece set with a top that opens in the front works best) and slippers
  • Favorite small toys for younger children
  • Portable CD player, electronic games, and so on, for older children
  • Phone charger
  • Favorite DVDs
  • Family picture
  • Special blanket, pacifier, stuffed animal or other comfort item
  • Inhalers for asthma
  • Containers and care supplies for glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids or retainers
  • Personal toiletries

Mary Bridge Provides

  • Towels
  • Linens
  • Basic toiletries
  • Slipper socks
  • Pajamas

What Not to Bring

  • To maintain a quiet, healing environment, cell phones may not be used in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
  • Jewelry and other valuables should be left at home.
  • Due to infection control issues, flowers are not allowed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
  • Latex balloons are not allowed in the hospital due to common latex allergies. Mylar balloons are allowed.