The reason for your child’s clinic visit will determine whether or not your child requires special attention at home following your visit.
Talk to your doctor about any care you will need to provide when you take your child home. This may include changes in medicines, treatment, the need for special home care equipment or follow-up appointments. Learn more about Talking with Your Child’s Doctor.
Let your doctor know if there are any changes to your child’s health after you go home.
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Use Medicine Safely
All necessary prescriptions will be provided before you leave the hospital. Please ask about Dayton Children’s outpatient pharmacy located on the lower level of the hospital. Note the following suggestions for safe medication use:
- Reread the label when giving each dose.
- Ask your pharmacist to:
- Explain your child's medicine label.
- Suggest the best measuring device for liquids and powders.
- Look over medicine side effects.
- Double-check a refill prescription if it does not look the same as a previous prescription.
- Explain how you will know if the medication is working.
- Review foods to eat or not eat while taking the medicine.
- Make sure the child-lock caps on all medicines are in place..
- Fill prescriptions at the same pharmacy so the pharmacist gets to know your child's medicine history.
- Keep the medicine in the container it came in.
- Give the medicine to your child exactly as told by your doctor or pharmacist.
- If your child is not getting better or you have questions about any medicines, call the doctor.
Safely Take Your Child Home
Dayton Children's supports the Ohio Passenger Protection Law by requiring the use of federally approved car seats when your child leaves the hospital if the child is younger than 4 years of age and weighs less than 40 pounds. Children under 4'9" weighing less than 80 pounds should be placed in booster seats. Talk to your child nurse if you don't have a car seat or booster seat.
Give Us Your Feedback
To better serve our families, Dayton Children's asks for comments and suggestions from those who have used our services. You may receive a questionnaire at home, receive a phone call or be directed to How Did We Do? to learn more about your most recent visit. Your responses on these surveys will be used to help us improve.
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