12 Things to Pack in Your Hospital Go Bag
It's 2 A.M. and your child just woke up with a fever.You don't have a lot of time to pack, but you know that your child will probably be in the hospital for at least a couple of days.
One way to make last minute hospitalizations easier is to keep a "go bag" packed with a few useful items. Here are a few things you might want to pack:
1. A list of your child's current medications, inluding dosing info, and other important medical information. Having this info written down helps make sure nothing is missed or misunderstood.
2. A toothbrush and toothpaste
3. Bottled water and some favorite snacks like chips or crackers, fruit snacks, or candy for you. It's hard to get away from the E.R. or in the first hours of an admission.
4. A day's supply of any diaper creams, ostomy supplies, dressings, or tape that you regularly use. Some supplies take a day or more to get inpatient.
5. A spare feeding tube extension, if applicable.
6. Your preferred shampoo, soap, and conditioner. There are showers available to parents, but your own toiletries can be comforting.
7. A day's supply of any medications that YOU take on a regular basis.
8. A stick of deodorant
9. A list of important phone numbers, including family members, insurance providers, employers, home care company, other medical providers and anyone else you may need to notify.
10. Some cash. for the cafeteria or vending machines.
11. A spare cell phone charger so that you can stay connected.
12. A camera to capture your journey
13. A universal remote control. They're much easier to use than the remote on the nurse call.
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