To make your child's stay at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals as smooth as possible, we've listed a few items to bring with you.
Your Child's Hospital Stay: What to Bring
Personal items are optional but may help your child feel more comfortable in the hospital. These include:
- Pajamas, robe and slippers
- A favorite blanket, pillow or stuffed animal
- Music, toys, pictures of family and friends
Please also bring:
- Changes of clothing, toiletries and any personal items you or your child will need
- Your cell phone and charger
- Money for food and parking
- Your child's school textbooks and assignments
- Your child's immunization records
- Name and contact information for your child's primary care doctor
- Insurance cards or information
- Any medical supplies or equipment your child uses (such as glasses, hearing aids, crutches, braces or other aids)
- Your medications (parents often forget to bring their own medications)
- A list of your child's current medications, including prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamins, herbal remedies and any other supplements your child takes; if you don't have a list, you may bring the containers
Please label all items with your child's name.
What not to bring to the hospital
We ask that you leave the following items at home:
- Your child's medications, unless your child's doctor asked you to bring them
Your child's hospital stay
We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.
Admissions & Discharge
To plan for your child's hospital stay, read about admission to and discharge from the hospital, and details to make your child as comfortable as possible.
Contact a Patient
You can contact your child or other patients by phone, message or postal mail during their hospital stay. Find out how.
You can stay with your child during their hospital stay, either in their room or at nearby short-term lodging such as hotels or the Ronald McDonald House.
Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.
We offer healthy, convenient options for food and beverages at our caf's, cafeterias, kiosks and vending machines at our facilities. Learn more.
Our gift shops offer a variety of gifts, such as flowers, plants, balloons, toys, books, candy and more, for children and families during a hospital stay.
Our hospital policies cover cell phone use, smoking, safety drills and more. Find the details you need to know before your visit.
Patient Rights & Responsibilities
Our list of patient rights and responsibilities describes the partnership of mutual respect between you and your child's care team. Learn more.
Our patient rooms offer a cheerful, comfortable setting for rest and recovery during your child's stay, with amenities such as TVs, WiFi and sofa sleepers.
Patient Safety: How You Can Help
You can help the care team safeguard your child's well-being by asking questions, keeping track of medications and other steps for a safe experience.
Patient Transport: A Parent's Guide
Our transport service provides high-level care on the way to our hospitals. Find out what to expect and how you can help ensure a smooth transport.
Preparing Kids for a Hospital Stay
Preparing your child for a hospital stay or surgery can be challenging. Read our tips for making this process less stressful for you and your child.
Visiting Hours & Guidelines
The visiting hours at our hospitals include policies for critical care areas and flu season. Find out more.
Your Child's Care Team
Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.
Your Child's Surgery: What to Expect
If your child is having surgery, there are many details about how to prepare, what to bring, and what to expect during and after surgery. Learn more.