A Patient's Guide to Pediatric Care

Few medical situations are more anxiety-producing than having a child in the hospital. That's why Pediatric Services at Cedars-Sinai includes a variety of programs to support infants, children and teens and their families when they come to the Medical Center.

Pediatric Support Services

Psychosocial Services

While medical care is an essential part of our treatment program, we believe that the psychosocial support services that we offer to our patients and their families are an integral part of their care. The psychosocial staff are specially trained in pediatric hematology/oncology support services.

Our social workers provide family assessment, education and supportive counseling to assist children and their families in adjusting to the diagnosis, as well as the adaptation to an often long treatment course. Our social workers coordinate the appropriate community referrals and assist with practical concerns.

Child Life Services

Our child life specialist conducts a psychosocial support program in the play area of our treatment center. In a comfortable non-threatening atmosphere, this specialist uses play to help the children express their feelings and to help them focus on getting well.

COACH for Kids

Keeping children healthy throughout our community is a vital mission of the Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center. Through COACH for Kids, the center's two mobile medical units provide no-cost health and social services to underserved communities across 28 Los Angeles ZIP codes.

Good Beginnings

Good Beginnings is a psychosocial support group for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to promote and advance the care of newborn infants. We offers an array of outreach services and programs to benefit both families and NICU staff free of charge.

Helping Children Cope

Hospitalization can be an overwhelming, sometimes frightening experience for both children and families. Learn about some tips to make hospitalization easier for your child and for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to some of the common questions parents and families have about the Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center and Pediatric Services at Cedars-Sinai.

Children Staying in the Ahmanson Pediatric Center

Yes, parents can stay with their children in the Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center. We encourage that to help reduce your child's fears of being in the hospital. We are the only medical center in Los Angeles in which all the pediatric rooms are private, and we have no set visiting hours.

There are a number of places to get food in the hospital or in the surrounding area. For more information about ordering a meal tray or places to eat in and around the hospital, visit the dining section of our website.

When a child has a brother or sister in the hospital, it can be a time of great anxiety. Both children in the hospital and their brothers and sisters may respond in similar ways. Some of the ways that you can deal with your child's fears and give them more security are listed in our For Patients section.

Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

You should consult your baby's physician about how long your baby will be in the NICU.

A baby's weight and how quickly he or she gains weight after birth are key indicators of health and the ability to thrive. In our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we use Omnibeds, which have built-in scales so that babies can be weighed without having to be moved. Your baby's weight is recorded in his or her chart every 12 hours. If you want to see your baby's weight, you should ask the nurse.

We encourage parents to hold their infants in the NICU. Talk with the nurse to see if your baby is ready to be held.

After their initial illness, many infants are put on feedings. These feedings are started very slowly. Initially, your baby may not be ready to feed from the bottle or breast. In this case your baby will be fed through a small tube placed through the nose into the infant's stomach. As your baby begins to bottle feed, we would encourage you to be present and participate in these feedings. Soon you will be feeding your baby on your own.

Moms who plan to breastfeed will be able to put their baby to breast many days before going home. We have lactation specialists who will help you learn how to breastfeed your infant.

Get Help or Make an Appointment

Call or send a message to the pediatrics team. You can also have us call you back at your convenience.

Available 24 hours a day

(1-800-233-2771)

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Pacific Time (U.S.)