Paediatrics

Welcome to the Paediatrics Unit at Headwaters Health Care Centre. We are guided by a philosophy of Family Centred Care, which recognizes the vital role of families on the health care team.

What to Bring
Please bring pajamas, a robe, non-slip shoes or slippers, a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, a brush or comb, soap and any other personal items, like a favourite toy or blanket your child may need. For infants please remember diapering supplies and baby bottles.

For safety reasons, please do not bring small toys that can be swallowed, toys that make sparks (friction toys), plug-in electrical equipment or latex balloons. Some patients, visitors or staff may have an allergy/sensitivity to latex. Latex balloons can also create a safety risk, should a piece accidentally be inhaled. Foil balloons are acceptable and are available in the Gift Shop in the main lobby.

Helping to Care for Your Child
One support person is encouraged to stay with your child when awake to participate in their care. You may perform regular parenting routines such as feeding, bathing and changing.

We encourage a “quiet time” from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Children are encouraged to rest and parents are welcome to rest with them. If you leave the hospital at any time, please ensure staff have a phone number where you can be reached.

Staying Overnight
One parent is welcome to spend the night, however, we ask that TV and lights be turned off at a reasonable hour to encourage as much rest as possible for the children. A chair that converts to a cot is provided in each room.

Visitors
Visiting is limited to two persons at a time. We welcome young visitors under the age of 10, but request that a parent accompany them. Siblings and friends are encouraged to visit in the lounge to reduce the chances of cross-infection and overcrowding in the unit.

Infection Control
For the protection of your child, please do not visit if you have a cough, flu-like symptoms or any other illness that can be easily spread.
Children’s diseases are often contagious. You may be asked to stay in your child’s assigned room if their condition warrants, and not walk in hallways with them. We ask that parents only care for their own child, in order to prevent cross-infection.

Paediatrics Playroom
A paediatrics playroom, with a large selection of toys, movies and video games, is available to make sure your child has a positive hospital experience. Please inquire at the paediatrics nursing station before using the playroom. Children who do not have an infectious disease may use the playroom under a parent’s supervision. Toys that are taken to the bedside should not be returned to the playroom until they have been thoroughly cleaned.

Discharge
Your health care team will determine when your child is ready to go home. You will be given specific instructions on the care of your child at home. You may wish to fill any prescriptions at a local drugstore prior to discharge. There is a pharmacy located in the medical clinic [140 Rolling Hills Drive] on hospital property.

Only parents or persons having legal custody may take a child home. All children must be accompanied from the Paediatrics Unit upon discharge.

The law requires babies and young children who are traveling in a car be in an approved safety car seat.