Baptist Health Lexington's dedicated 8-bed pediatric unit is staffed by a caring team of pediatric physicians and nurses.
Having a child in the hospital is a natural cause for anxiety. We are concerned with your child, his or her illness or surgery, and what to expect during hospitalization. Baptist Health Lexington's pediatric unit can help make your child's hospital stay as comfortable and worry-free as possible.
Located on the hospital's fifth floor, the pediatric unit cares for children and adolescents ages newborn through 18 years. Nurses on the unit are specially trained to care for children and the unit is equipped with special child-sized equipment. We have a child's wheelchair in which smaller children may ride to radiology or other departments for special procedures. Even the patient rooms are furnished with child-sized tables and chairs.
Just as important to your child's experience is our unit's atmosphere. The pediatric unit is specially designed to be friendly, attractive and appealing to children. One special feature of the unit is the train, which catches everyone's eye. Brightly colored murals provide a cheerful background. Each patient room is set up to support the family unit as well as provide optimal care for your child.
Child Life Program
Our child life program plays an important role in caring for a hospitalized child by allowing children, adolescents and families to maintain normal living patterns and minimize psychological trauma. The program provides opportunities for play, learning, self-expression and family involvement.
Child life staff decorates the unit for each season and assembles in-room activities such as miniature sandboxes and crafts during holidays. The playroom is equipped with toys for a variety of ages. Videos, video games and DVD players are also available, as well as a computer with age-appropriate programs.
Through recreation and education, pediatric patients learn that, although a hospital can sometimes be a frightening place, it can also be a place where a child's feelings and needs are truly understood.
Families are encouraged to stay with their children and participate in their care. In fact, we request that one parent or another responsible adult stay to give the child support and reassurance. For this reason, every room is equipped with a rocker-recliner for the parent's comfort. Shower facilities are also available for parents. One parent is served a parent tray at each meal, courtesy of the hospital.
Little ones are often fussy eaters, especially when they're sick. If your child doesn't care for the foods that are offered, you may request something he or she will eat. The nutrition and food services staff will make every effort to accommodate your requests.
During your child's stay, the hospital will provide all diapers, T-shirts, gowns, bottles and fluids for your child. If your child has a "special" bottle, blanket or toys, feel free to bring them from home to give your child something familiar in strange surroundings.
Pediatric Visiting Hours
Visiting hours in our pediatric unit are 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parents are permitted to visit anytime. Siblings may visit during general visiting hours, but may not spend the night. We ask that families limit visitors to two at any one time.