Care plans help our health-care teams provide care and treatments that are specific to your child and their illness. Care plans are a way for our team members to communicate about your child and their needs.
If there is any specific information you would like the care team to know about your child, such as their behaviour or routines, let your nurse know. It can be added to their care plan so all staff is made aware. To provide the best care to your child, sometimes schedules must be followed. The pediatric team will be as flexible as possible to meet the individual needs of your child.
For the first 24 hours of your hospital stay, a nurse will assess your child (including their temperature, heart rate and breathing) every few hours, including during the middle of the night. This may mean sleep is interrupted. After the first 24 hours, assessments are done as often as needed.
The hospital kitchen can accommodate a variety of diets. The kitchen staff are made aware of food restrictions or allergies your child has and your nurse will keep track of everything your child eats and drinks. Your child’s meal trays and snacks will be delivered to their room. If you wish to bring your own food from home, please check with your child’s nurse before giving it to them.
Snacks between meals are available by request.
Sometimes the doctor will order that your child has nothing to eat or drink before a test or procedure. The nursing staff will let you know if this has been ordered for your child and will remove all foods and liquids from the room. Once the child is able to eat again, food and drinks will be offered to your child.