Most of your child’s cleft lip and palate surgeries at Children’s will be done as an outpatient. This means he may be sent home on the same day. At other times, he may need to stay in the hospital overnight. Your child’s doctor will tell you as soon as possible if your child needs to spend the night. Just in case, we suggest that you always pack a bag.
If your child stays overnight, you are welcome to stay also. Having a parent or family member nearby is important for your child. He will be less fearful and more secure with you nearby. Each of our hospital rooms at Children’s at Scottish Rite is private and includes a:
- Hide-a-bed sofa
- Full bathroom
When you stay overnight at the hospital, you may not get a lot of sleep. We must check your child often during the night, and you may wake up during our nurses' visits.
We have a cafeteria for you to eat in or you may order meals to be delivered to your child’s room. You may also bring food and snacks from home. A refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker for parent use are provided on each floor of the hospital.