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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.


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.

Send a Cheer Card

Do you have a friend or family member that you wish to send your thoughts and wishes to? Send them a card.

Family and Community Services

Symptom Checker

Feeling under the weather?

Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.

Giving to Children's Hospital

MU Children's Hospital strives to provide the highest quality care for children throughout Missouri - regardless of their family's ability to pay. Thousands of people like you have helped Children's Hospital in this mission through gifts of talent, time and financial support. Learn more about our giving opportunities. Donate today!

Contact Us

If you have specific questions about how to best plan your gift to MU Children's Hospital, please contact:

Kristen Fritschie
Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Events

Lindsey Turner
Coordinator, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Events