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What to pack: Child overnight hospital stay

Posted on Jun. 3, 2014 ( comments)
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Staying overnight can be an overwhelming thing for parents and children alike. We want every family to feel safe and comfortable during extended stays at MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. 

To help you plan for your next overnight hospital visit, we have a list of five things to help everyone feel at home. 
  1. Favorite things. Pillows, blankets and stuffed animals offer great comfort at the hospital. Let your child pick a few favorite things to bring with them. Rooms have DVD players and TVs so feel free to bring favorite movies, too.
  2. Pajamas and slippers. Slippers keep little toes warm when walking to the playroom or cafeteria and a favorite pair of pajamas will make your child feel comfy. 
  3. Pictures of family and friends. Pictures help make hospital rooms feel more like home and remind children they have people who support and love them.
  4. Paperwork. Don’t forget to bring a list of allergies, medications, paperwork or X-rays from your child’s doctor or health care provider, emergency contact numbers, and insurance card or any other important billing information.
  5. A few things for you. Parents are encouraged to stay in the room with the child. Rooms can accommodate one overnight guest at a time on a chair bed. We provide linens and recommend you bring toiletries and a change of clothes. Overnight accommodations for out-of-town families are available nearby.
  6. Has your child had an overnight hospital stay? Would you add anything to the list? Tell us in the comments.

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