What to Take and Wear to the Medical Facility

Before the surgery, it’s important to prepare your child for the procedure and possible hospital stay. Obtaining a general understanding of the medical facility and procedures can help the entire family feel more comfortable with any potential hospitalization. It’s a good idea to visit the medical facility ahead of time, if that’s possible.

Before the procedure, pack a small bag of personal items, such as:

  • A favorite toy, stuffed animal, or blanket
  • A pacifier
  • Pajamas, socks, and extra underwear
  • Robe and slippers
  • A pillow
  • Favorite music
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Glasses, and
  • Books 

Parents and caregivers should be sure to take the following items, as well:

  • Any medications your child is currently taking
  • A list of known allergies to foods, medications, or other substances
  • Personal and/or military identification
  • Health insurance documents, and
  • Reading materials

Clothes worn to the medical facility should be loose, comfortable, and casual. It’s a good idea for parents and caregivers to leave valuables, such as jewelry or large amounts of cash, at home.