Before Your Child's Surgery or Procedure

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Our pediatric anesthesiologists get to know every patient before surgery to make it as safe as possible. Our pediatric anesthesiologists get to know every patient before surgery to make it as safe as possible.

Wondering what questions to ask before your child’s surgery? If you have time, review and complete the following checklist at least one week before your child’s scheduled surgery or procedure. 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 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.


  • Copayments will be collected at the time of service and can be paid with cash, personal check or major credit card. Your insurance company can tell you how much your copy will be. We can give you an estimate of the copayment before you arrive for your child's appointment.

Arrange a presurgery tour

If your child is scheduled for surgery, you may be interested in a presurgery tour to help your child feel more at ease. To arrange a tour, please call our child life team at 937-641-5903. You may also order a DVD or video to watch from home.


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 nonprescription 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

  • Many of our surgeries do not require an overnight stay. If you will be staying overnight, see our visitation and sleepovers page.
  • 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.
  • 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 visitation policy

  • Parents or guardians may visit 24 hours a day and all other visitors such as brothers and sisters, may visit from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Please note that some special care units (such as pediatric intensive care and the 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 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.
  • Please see Preparing for a Visit for more information on visitation.

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 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 your 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 financial circumstances. 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. See Financial Matters for more details.

Understand your hospital bill

  • For information on paying your bill, see Financial Matters. Your child's anesthesia services will be provided by Children's Anesthesia Group, Inc. These services are billed separately from the hospital. Children's Anesthesia Group, Inc may accept different insurance plans than Dayton Children's. Talk to your insurance company before surgery to make sure all services will be covered.

 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. If you are traveling from out of town and need a place to stay, please also visit our visitation and sleepovers section.
  • For help with directions, call 937-641-3000.
  • For your convenience, get directions from Google Maps (on the left).

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.



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