Every Child. Every Family.
Regardless of the reason for your visit to AdventHealth for Children, formerly Florida Hospital for Children, we try to make your stay at our hospital as stress-free and pleasant as possible, for both you and your child.
Prepare for Your Stay at AdventHealth for Children
- What to Bring From Home
Children enjoy having their clothing and other items from home with them in the hospital. The following items are recommended (please label all belongings):
- Toys, books, games and music
- Glasses, hearing aids, crutches, braces
- Clothes (comfortable for day time) and underwear
- A favorite pillow or blanket
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- School books and assignments
- Photos of family members and pets
- Personal items (hairbrush, lip balm, shampoo, etc.)
- What Medical Information to Bring
Please bring a list of your child’s medications along with you to the hospital. This list should include:
- Any allergies to medicine and food
- The reason your child is taking the medication
- The dosage of each medication
- How your child takes each medication (pill, liquid, orally or injection)
- Any over-the-counter medications (aspirin, Tylenol, cold medicine, vitamins, herbs, etc.) your child is taking
- Bring original bottles of the medication(s) with you if you are unable to create a list prior to coming to the hospital
- Items to Leave at Home
- Do not bring any valuables, large sums of money or anything that can’t be replaced.
- No latex (rubber) balloons. They are a safety hazard. Mylar balloons are fine.
- Check with your child’s nurse before bringing any items that can be plugged into a wall. Non-medical electrical items such as video games, radios or hair dryers may not be permitted.
- Flowers and stuffed animals are discouraged for health reasons in certain patient units (oncology in particular). Please check with your child’s nurse regarding these items.
How Can We Help?
You may feel overwhelmed – we get it. Coordinating your child and your family around a surgery can seem like a monumental task. Review the information for parents and patients we've gathered, and lean on us when you need to.