Children's Hospital Colorado

During Your Overnight Stay at Children's Hospital Colorado

When you arrive, be sure to ask your nurse any questions about your room and the floor where your child is staying. He or she will be able to answer all of them and orient you quickly to your new surroundings.

A smiling kid wearing a purple gown in a hospital bed.

We will do everything possible to make your time at the hospital as comfortable and free of stress as possible while still delivering the type of world-class care you expect from Children's Hospital Colorado. Our staff members are more than clinical experts - they are also experts at the care of children and their families. They will do their best to make sure that you are comfortable and informed during your visit. So, ask anyone wearing a hospital badge and they will be glad to help you.

Your child's visitors

All visitors must check in at the nursing station before entering a patient room. Parents will be issued a special colored bracelet upon check-in to help us identify you as a parent of a patient. Parents are always welcome and may stay with your child overnight. Every patient room is a private room complete with a double bed. One or both parents may stay with their child.

For other family and friends, general visiting hours are from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. A patient may only have up to two visitors (not including parents) in the room at one time. Visiting policies can vary in different units of the hospital, so please ask if you have any questions.

Siblings who are sick are discouraged from visiting the hospital and will find that they are not permitted in certain areas of the hospital. Special visiting restrictions are in place between December and April during flu and respiratory season when harmful germs can be spread easily.

Helpful reminders

  • Visitors who are sick with a cold, fever, diarrhea, rash, flu, chicken pox or some other infectious disease must not visit the hospital.
  • To protect the health of patients, visitors under the age of 12 must always be accompanied by an adult and be checked each day for infectious diseases before visiting. Your child will be screened when you check in at the nurses' station on the floor.
  • Siblings of patients who are not in isolation may use general play areas, but should not enter other patient rooms to play.
  • Visitors must wash their hands before leaving the patient's room.

How to speak up while in the hospital 

When you're in the hospital with your child, you may hesitate to speak up or ask questions. This video is meant to empower parents, patients and other advocates to speak up in the hospital room by offering phrases and questions that help everyone communicate. Use this script next time you are in the hospital to make sure you are included and understand what is going on with your child's care.