What to bring: Kids
Kids of all ages feel better about hospitalization if they can play an active role in preparing. Ask your child what special things he or she would like to bring to the hospital, and let your child help pack a bag.
We’ll provide pajamas, toiletries, toothbrush, comb, and diapers if needed. Older kids may want to bring an inexpensive or disposable camera to make a photo history of their stay.
What to bring: Adults
• Your child’s immunization records
• The name, address and telephone number of your child’s primary care physician
• Insurance information/cards
• Special medical supplies/equipment currently used by your child, such as hearing aids, crutches, braces or other corrective aids.
• A list of all medicines taken by your child, including non-prescription medicines and vitamins. If you don’t have a list, please bring in the containers.
• A change of clothing, toiletries, and personal items for you.
What to leave at home
• Safety codes do not allow you to bring television sets, video player/recorders or “boom boxes” from home to the hospital. A personal hand-held stereo or video game unit is okay. Please note that Children’s Hospital Oakland cannot be responsible for lost valuables. All personal items should be clearly labeled.
• Please leave jewelry and personal valuables at home.
• Latex balloons are not allowed, because they are a health and safety risk, but Mylar balloons are OK.