Before Your Child's Hospital Stay

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Our experienced staff know how to connect with kids of all ages. Our experienced staff know how to connect with kids of all ages.

If time allows, please review and complete the following checklist at least one week before your child’s scheduled hospital stay. Being prepared will help you and your child feel less anxious. 

Call your insurance company

  • If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance coverage, please call your insurance company before your child’s appointment. If your plan contains a Preferred Provider list, please confirm that Dayton Children’s physicians are included.
  • If your plan requires a referral from your primary care provider, have your primary care doctor fax it to us at 937-641-4500 at least four days before  your child’s visit.
  • If you have questions about the referral, contact central scheduling at 937-641-4000. Please call after your child’s doctor has sent the referral.

 Request x-rays and test results

  • Talk to your child’s primary doctor to find out if he or she will be sending test results and x-rays or if you will need to bring them to your child’s appointment.

 Make a list of medicines

  • Make a list of all prescription and non-prescription medicines and supplements (vitamins, herbal medicine, etc) your child is taking, or bring the medicine bottles with you. Make sure you have the name of each medicine as well as the dosage and instructions.

Give permission to treat if you can't be with your child

Find places to stay and eat

  • There is room for one parent to stay overnight in the child’s room.  Overnight accommodations are available at the Ronald McDonald House located across the street from Dayton Children’s, as well as other area hotels and motels. See Places to Stay for detailed information.
  • The Ronald McDonald House may also be able to help you find a local motel or hotel that offers discounts to families of patients at Dayton Children’s
  • Meals are available for purchase through the hospital cafeteria. The Family Resource Center (937-641-3700), patient relations manager, your child’s nurse or the information desk can give you a list of area dining, shopping and entertainment options.

 Arrange for child care

  • It is important you are able to focus on your hospitalized child. Please arrange for child care if you have other children at home. Dayton Children’s does not provide child care for visiting brothers and sisters.

 Understand our visitation policy

  • Parents or guardians may visit 24 hours a day and all other visitors such as brothers and sisters, grandparents and friends, may visit from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Please note that some special care units (such as the pediatric intensive care unit and Regional Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit) have limited visiting privileges. Check with special care units for visiting information.
  • General visiting should be limited to three people at a time per patient and only two siblings (brothers and sisters) may visit at a time. Visiting brothers and sisters younger than 15 years of age must be screened for communicable diseases and supervised by at least one adult. 

 Tell us about your special needs

  • If your family has special needs, requires a wheelchair, a sign language interpreter, a language translator or any other type of assistance, please let us know before your arrival so that we can make you and your family as comfortable as possible.

 Tell us about your cultural beliefs

  • Please let us know about any personal, cultural or spiritual beliefs or practices that may affect you child's treatment and care.

 Apply for financial assistance

  • Dayton Children’s is a not-for-profit medical center, which cares for all children regardless of their financial situation. We are committed to working with families to help you pay your medical bills. You can apply for Financial Assistance before, during or after your child receives care at Dayton Children's. Please visit Financial Matters for more details.

Prepare for billing

Know how to get here

  • We want to make it easy to find Dayton Children's. Visit Locations to obtain door-to-door directions, written directions and an area map. For help with directions, call 937-641-3000.

 Know where to park

  • Paid parking is available in front of the medical center. Parking is $2 per day. Parking passes can be purchased at a discount – seven for $10 – in the admitting office. If you will be coming and going in the same day, in-and-out passes are available from the parking attendant.

Learn about our resources and services

  • Please visit our Family and Visitor Guide to learn about our resources and services that will make your child's stay more comfortable.

All areas of the hospital are designed with kids in mind. All areas of the hospital are designed with kids in mind.

The Day Before

Get eating and drinking instructions

  • Confirm the date and time your child must stop eating or drinking before he or she comes to the hospital. Talk to your child’s doctor if you have not received this information.

Check for illness

  • If your child has a new rash, fever, cold or flu or has been exposed to chicken pox or tuberculosis (TB) in the last three weeks. If so, call the doctor who is admitting your child to the hospital.

Plan to arrive early

  • Know your scheduled check-in time and plan to arrive about 20 minutes early, to give yourself plenty of time for parking and check-in.

Organize important information

  • Insurance cards.  Having your most recent insurance card will help us make sure your bill is accurate and processed in a timely way. 
  • Important information.  Bring all current insurance information including the responsible party’s social security number, date of birth and addresses for parents/guardians and the child.

Pack for the stay

  • One or two toys (no battery or friction-operated toys)
  • Schoolwork
  • A comfort item such as a blanket or stuffed animal robe, slippers and pajamas (We provide pajamas, but your child may prefer the ones from home)
  • Items should be labeled with your child's name
  • Favorite CD, video or DVD to play. Hand-held computer game systems are also available in many parts of the hospital. If you know where your child will be, ask what kind of system is available.
  • We will provide:
    • Pajamas
    • Disposable diapers (or regular diapers for infants who have allergies)
    • Bottles (We also have different sizes and types of nipples.)



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