Pediatrics

Pediatrician measuring a little boy.Every year, parents trust Mount Nittany Health physicians with the most important people in their lives: their children.

Sometimes it's a simple case of the sniffles or just making sure vaccinations are up to date before that first day of school. Other times, a visit to the Medical Center means a broken bone or some stitches. Regardless, our team of provides are here help your children stay healthy.

Care for Babies

Expecting a new addition? Visit our maternity services section to learn about our family-centered approach to welcoming new ones into the world.

Looking for a baby doctor? View our Find a Baby Doctor brochure for more information about choosing the right health partner in your life’s greatest journey.

Care for Kids

General health and wellness

Visit kids.mountnittany.org for information about our providers as well as the latest health and wellness articles and activities for kids.

Surgical Care

We offer surgical services in an environment tailored for children at Mount Nittany Surgical Center. Although a child's surgery can be a stressful process for families, our caring staff does everything possible to make your family's experience as smooth and painless as possible.

Emergency and Inpatient Care

We treat younger patients in need of emergency care at Mount Nittany Medical Center, where we offer amenities, like televisions and video games, to distract and occupy pediatric patients during their stay.

Admission

Once admitted, your child will be examined by a nurse and you will be asked questions to help us care for him or her better. If you need to leave, please make sure the nurse has all the information he or she needs.

For some procedures, we might need to bring your child to our treatment room. You can come with your child.

Safety

Upon admission, children five years old and younger will have a special security bracelet placed on one of their ankles; this alerts staff if your child leaves the unit.

To prevent falls, side rails must be up on cribs and beds. Babies should sleep in their cribs at night while the parents are sleeping, and parents are asked to inform a nurse if they will be leaving so that the medical staff can keep a closer eye on the child.

While we cannot provide childcare for siblings of patients, healthy children under supervision are permitted in the Medical Center.

Sleeping

The inpatient pediatric department offers eight patient beds. We encourage parents to stay as much as possible, including overnight, and will do our best to find a sleep chair or bed for you.

Only adults may stay overnight. Other children or older teenage siblings are not allowed to spend the night.

Showers

We apologize for the inconvenience, but parents may not use the hospital showers. We will gladly provide towels and washcloths to freshen up in your child's bathroom.

Meals

If your child needs food or drinks, please let a staff person know and we will provide the appropriate items. Age-appropriate meals that meet physician-specified guidelines are served at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Microwaves and refrigerators are available for your use, but please ask a staff member for assistance. We can provide an in-room meal for a parent who cannot be relieved for a meal break. A meal tray from the hospital kitchen can be delivered to your room for $6.

Wellness Library

Pediatrics Article

Is my child too sick to go to school?

It’s that time of year where runny noses, coughing, and sharing germs become the norm. It’s not uncommon for children to have a half dozen colds or illnesses throughout the school year, but as a parent, knowing when to keep them home can be tricky. While it’s ultimately a decision that should be made on a case-by-case basis, there are a few scenarios in which a child should NOT go to school: Fever: Children with fevers greater than 100.4 degrees should not go to school. Once your child has a fever, he or she should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Vomiting: Children who are vomiting should not go to school. Your child can go back to school when he or she has not vomited for at least 24 hou...

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