Pediatric Care at North Oaks
During Your Child’s Stay
To ensure you and your child’s safety and comfort when you stay with
us, we have set some safety-focused guidelines.
Cribs Are Required
For your child’s safety and protection, cribs are required for children,
2 years of age and younger. Please keep the side rails raised at all times
except when having direct contact with your child.
Adult Accompaniment Required
A parent or adult over 18 years of age is required to stay at all times
with a child younger than 14 years of age.
No Bottles While Lying Flat
For safety, please do not allow your child to take a bottle lying flat
in the crib.
Please ask your nurse which toys are safe for your child to play with during
his or her hospital stay.
Hospital gowns, prepared baby food, diapers and bottle formula are provided
by the hospital. No glass bottles are used. A complimentary meal tray
is provided for one adult staying with a child 14 years of age or younger.
Meal times are about 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
A telephone, TV and DVD player are available in each room.
Hourly Nurse Check-Ins
We will make hourly rounds during daytime hours to ensure safety, security
and comfort. Beginning at 10 p.m., the staff will round every two hours
to evaluate your child’s progress. Please tell your nurse if your
child experiences vomiting, diarrhea, a fever or a change in his or her
No Siblings Under 18
For the safety of our patients and visitors, siblings under the age of
18 may not spend the night. Please ask the staff about availability of
recliners or cots for your sleeping comfort.
Chaplains are available to meet with patients, families and guests.
You are provided a full copy of the guidelines during your child's
admission to the Pediatric Unit and are asked to sign an acknowledgement
that you have read them.
Going Home: The Discharge Process
Once your pediatrician approves your child’s discharge, we will
complete several steps so that you will have everything you need to care
for your child at home. Your nurse will review your chart, verify all
medication and treatment orders from your pediatrician, obtain authorization
for certain medications if necessary and obtain any necessary equipment
for home use (nebulizers, monitors, etc.). This process may take two to
three hours to complete. Your nurse will keep you updated throughout the
discharge process, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
For more information about the Women & Children's Pediatric Unit,
call (985) 230-2800.