Hospital stays can be stressful for you and your child. That's why the Pediatric Unit staff at Texoma Medical Center works to meet the unique needs of every child and family who come through the doors. The nursing staff is specially trained to care for children. Nurses have chosen to work in the Pediatric Unit because they want to help sick and injured children regain their health. Helping your child achieve and maintain good health—as an infant, growing child or teen—is one of our most important missions. Services provided to children at Texoma Medical Center include:
- Newborn nursery
- Newborn cardiologist screening for suspected heart issues
- IV therapy
- Respiratory therapy
- Video EEG monitoring
- Pain management
- General surgical services
- Ear, Nose, Throat care
- Sleep studies
Each room is equipped with a sleep chair for parents so you're never far from your child. The unit also features a colorful playroom filled with books and toys to keep your little one occupied.
Parents' Guide to the Pediatric Unit
Helpful suggestions and information
- Children do better if they have a familiar, comforting caregiver around during hospitalization.
- A responsible adult must stay with your child for the safety, comfort and reassurance of the patient. Sleep chairs are provided. One caregiver meal will be sent during mealtimes for parents of children under 12 years old
- Because it’s important to weigh small children daily when they are ill, your child will be weighed each morning before breakfast.
- If a child has a fever or an infectious disorder, he or she will be required to stay in their room.
- Visitors, such as siblings, are encouraged, but in moderation and before bedtime.
- We will be assessing your child frequently. Heart rates, breathing and temperature will be taken using the most accurate methods possible which may not always seem convenient.
- A playroom is available for patients who are well enough to be active. However, children may not be left unsupervised. We discourage food in the playroom. Toys are cleaned regularly, but please alert us to any special cleaning needs.
- There is a patient refreshment room located near the nursing desk. Storage of patient snacks is available, but snacks brought from outside must be labeled with the patient’s name and a date after you check with your child’s nurse to be sure that snacks don’t conflict with a medically prescribed diet. To prevent contamination, once food has entered a patient’s room, it may not go back into the refrigerator or in the patient refreshment room.
- Texoma Medical Center stocks most of the common brands of infant formula. Please inform the nursing staff of any special needs.
- Breastfeeding mothers may store milk in sterilized containers in the refrigerator. All milk must be labeled with the child’s name and the date it was refrigerated.
- We understand if you need to be away from your child when treatments such as the drawing of blood or the start of an IV are required.
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