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Your Child’s Health Care Team
Your Child's Stay

During your child's stay we will do everything possible to make sure you and your child are safe, comfortable and informed. If your child is coming to MU Children's Hospital for a surgery or hospital stay please review the following information.

Each patient room at MU Children's Hospital has a flat screen TV, DVD player, sleeper sofa for parents/guardians, private bath and wireless internet access.

Important Things to Bring

Insurance Cards
Bring your health insurance and prescription cards.

Court Papers
Bring any legal papers giving custody or guardianship. If you are not a parent with legal custody, bring legal papers that allow you to admit your child to the hospital or consent to your child's surgery. Without these legal papers, your child's surgery or hospital stay may be cancelled.

List of Medicines
Bring a list of the prescription and non-prescription medicines and vitamin supplements your child is taking, including the name, dosage and concentration.

Note: If your child is staying overnight in the hospital, bring his medicines with you so that we can identify name, dosage and concentration. However, in most cases, you will not be able to use these prescription or non-prescription medicines, or herbal or vitamin supplements that you bring from home.

If your child needs to take scheduled doses while he is at the hospital, our pharmacy will provide the medicine. You may store medicines from home in the outpatient pharmacy during your child's stay.

ATM Card or Cash
The cafeteria takes cash and Visa and Mastercard; no personal checks are accepted.

MU Children's provides gowns and footwear, but your child may feel better in his own clothes, including:

  • Comfortable day clothes like sweat pants, large t-shirts, socks and underwear
  • Night clothes like pajamas, a robe and slippers

Parents staying overnight should also bring a bag, including change of clothes, personal toiletries and any necessary medicines. A central bath with showers is available for parents.

Play and Comfort Items
A favorite blanket, toy, book, video or music (with headphones) will help soothe your child. Consider bringing pictures of family, friends and pets.

Baby Needs
We provide diapers, bottles and formula. Bring a pacifier if your baby uses one or any special type of bottle, nipple or sippy cup.

Car Seat, Booster Seat or Seat Belt
Please remember to use a car seat, booster seat or seat belt (depending on your child's age and weight) when transporting your child.

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