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Spending the Night at the Hospital

At Children’s National, our approach to caring for patients involves the entire family. We work closely with you to ensure the best outcomes and a positive experience while your child is a patient with us. We make sure you have the information, resources and support you need to be an active member of your child’s care team.

Staying Overnight with Your Child

Parents and legal guardians are welcome to visit Children’s National 24 hours a day. We strongly encourage parents to be with their child during an overnight (inpatient) stay. Your presence is comforting, especially for younger children.

Either both parents or up to two guardians can stay in a child’s room. Most inpatient rooms at the hospital include a bed and a reclining chair. There are also sleeping spaces located close to the rooms in quiet waiting areas.

All visitors must check in with the nurses or social workers on the child’s unit and follow visitor rules for that unit.

Preparing for Your Child's Ongoing Care

Learn what you need to do before you leave the hospital as you prepare to care for your child after your hospital stay.