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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

What to Expect During Your Child's Hospital Stay

  • Vital signs/physical assessments are usually done every four hours. These include heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and blood pressure. We will also assess your child’s comfort frequently and do all we can to ensure their pain is addressed. (Please refer to the pain chart in your child's room.)
  • Your child's weight may be measured each day, as directed by his/her physician. We may monitor how much your child eats and drinks and/or how often they urinate or have a bowel movement. You can help by letting us know.
  • Your child needs to stay as active as possible, especially after surgery. Your doctor will direct your child’s activity level.
  • Certain illnesses may require your child to be in isolation. Depending on the type of isolation, all staff entering the room will wear gowns, gloves, and/or a mask. You and your child will need to stay in the hospital room. Your nurse will explain what is required.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with your child’s nurse or physician.