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What to Bring to the Hospital

For Children

Be sure all personal items are labeled with your child's name:

  • Appropriate size car seat and base for discharge
  • Pajamas, slippers, bathrobe, comfortable clothes, shoes and socks
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, brush and shampoo
  • A "security" item like a stuffed animal or blanket
  • A list of your child's medicines (including herbal remedies and supplements) with current dosage amounts and pharmacy phone number
  • A list of all allergies to medicine and food
  • Hospital records from any other hospital 
  • Any special devices or equipment needed (eyeglasses, hearing aids, contacts, wheelchair, etc.)

For infants, the hospital will supply daily care needs, including diapers, food and bottles. Parents should bring any additional baby-care items.

Older children and teens may want to bring books, magazines, cosmetics, phones, tablets or other electronics and their chargers; headphones and schoolwork.

For Parents

  • Your child's Social Security card
  • Your child's health insurance or medical assistance card
  • Your child's primary care doctor's name, mailing address and phone number
  • Referring doctor's name and mailing address, if different from the primary care doctor
  • Your child's pharmacy name and phone number 
  • Cash, check or credit card to pay for any deductibles or copays if you plan to get your child's prescriptions filled at the UVA pharmacy
  • Legal guardian or custody papers, if necessary
  • Medications you take
  • Important phone numbers (home, work, mobile phone)
  • A change of comfortable clothes and shoes for overnight stays with your child
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, razors, lotion, brush, etc.
  • Backpack or small suitcase to hold your clothes and personal items
  • Small projects for quiet time like a book or craft
  • Money for your meals in the dining areas
  • Cash (ATM machines are available in the University Hospital cafeteria and the Primary Care Center and credit cards are accepted by our services)
  • Prepaid phone card if needed
  • Driver's license or other form of photo identification
  • Any forms requested by the Admissions Department
  • Your child's signed advance directive or living will if the child is 18 years of age or older (if you have a yellow-colored Durable Do Not Resuscitate order, please bring the original)

Nursing mothers should bring expressed milk in containers labeled with the time and date it was expressed. Please pack containers in ice and keep as cold as possible. The hospital will provide refrigeration, electric breast pumps and all necessary supplies to continue breastfeeding throughout your child’s hospitalization. Please notify your child's nurse if you are breastfeeding.

What Not to Bring

Please do not bring:

  • Other children if possible (your child will need your undivided attention on the day of admission)
  • Electrical appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons
  • Valuables or large amounts of money; the hospital does not assume responsibility in cases of loss or damage. If you do have valuables, please send your valuables home with your family members. If not possible, please see the security desk in the Pediatric Emergency Room for safekeeping.
  • Remote controlled or friction powered toys
  • Rubber or latex balloons due to the risk of choking or suffocation; any balloons your child may receive as gifts should be made of Mylar or foil

Check with your child's nurse about any special restrictions before you bring gifts of flowers or food.

Information to Let Us Know

Consider whether these items should be communicated to us, so we can serve your child and family better:

  • Dietary restrictions and preferences
  • Language interpretation and communication assistance needs
  • Religious or cultural preferences
  • Special needs of your child and family
  • Any visitor restrictions or safety concerns