The nurses and staff of the North Oaks Medical Center Pediatric Unit are specially trained to provide care for infants and children. We realize hospitalization may be a stressful time for both you and your child. Our staff is here to ensure that you both have a positive experience, and will make every effort to ensure that your child’s stay with us is as pleasant as possible.
During Your Child’s Stay
To ensure you and your child’s safety and comfort when you stay with us, we have established the following guidelines:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 1 adult staying with a child 14 years of age or younger. Meal times are approximately 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
- A telephone, TV and DVD player are available in each room. Ask your nurse if you have a question about what toys are safe for your child to play with during his or her stay.
- We will make hourly rounds during daytime hours to ensure safety, security and comfort. Beginning at 10 p.m., the staff will round every 2 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 breathing.
- 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.
Parents are provided a full copy of the guidelines during admission to the Pediatric Unit and are asked to sign an acknowledgement that they have been read.
Once your pediatrician approves your child’s discharge, our staff will complete numerous steps to ensure you will have everything you need to care for your child when you get 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 2 to 3 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 on the Women & Children's Pediatric Unit, call (985) 230-2800.