Depending on the age of your child you will need to pack all the basic care items for their hospital stay:
- Nappies, baby wipes and bum cream
- Bathing things; facecloth, soap, shampoo
- Special toy, blanket or dummy, whatever they are used to at bedtime
- If your baby uses special bottles (the hospital will have standard bottles)
- Fancy milk formula (the hospital will have all the regular types)
- Bathing things, including toothbrush and hairbrush/comb
- Comfy clothing especially pajamas
- Toys and games that don’t make a lot of noise or books
Other things to remember
Most hospitals don’t allow children under the age of 12 years to visit the paediatric ward, especially the ICU. So brothers and sisters need to find an alternative place to stay while mommy and daddy are visiting. One doctor described kids under 12 years as “walking germ factories”. The potential for disaster of a child passing on a disease to an already sick kid or the opposite of a kid catching a bad bug from a child in the ward is just to big.
The hospitals may also limit the amount of visitors at any given time and may be very strict when it comes to visiting hours. Although the parents are usually welcome at any time of the day.
Portable DVD players are ideal for a child’s stay in hospital, but do remember that the hospital will take no responsibility for personal items.
Four out of the five hospitals that I’ve dealt with, had very friendly and knowledgeable staff. If you need to know something, ask! They will be happy to explain the procedures and general rules of a hospital stay to you.
If your child is going for an operation, ask the doctor to explain the procedure before the time and ask them what to expect. If mommy is prepared, baby will be calm.
Do try to accept the hospital rules. The rules are there for a reason and although we often feel that exception should be made for us, they are there for our own best will. Those rules put the hospital and their staff in the position to give the best possible care to all of our children.
Read about baby Zaan's experience in hospital.
Ever had a child stay in hospital? Were you happy with the care?