Frequently Asked Questions

This section of our website is designed to answer some of the common questions parents and families have about the Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center and Pediatric Services at Cedars-Sinai.

Questions about Children Staying in the Ahmanson Pediatric Center at Cedars-Sinai

Questions about Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)


Can I stay with my child?

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.


Where can I eat while my child is in the hospital?

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.


Is my brother or sister going to be okay?

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.


When is my baby going home?

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


What is my baby's weight today?

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.


Can I hold my baby?

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


When can my baby have a bottle?

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.


When can I breastfeed my baby?

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.