From the Office to the Hospital

During the office visit, your child’s physician or nurse practitioner may feel your child needs extra testing and observation in the hospital. Reasons your child might need to stay in the hospital can include:

If your baby or child is:

  • Not gaining adequate weight
  • Not tolerating his/her formula
  • Frequently spitting up or projectile vomiting
  • Choking with feedings
  • Turning blue or losing color while feeding
  • Having apnea (not breathing or becomes unresponsive) during or after feedings


If your baby or child has:

  • Bloody stool
  • Anemia
  • Persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Abdominal distention (swelling)
  • Abnormal lab/procedure results


We understand spending the night in the hospital with your child can be stressful and overwhelming. We want to help you and your child feel comfortable in every way we can. In the FAQ section, you can find everything you need to know about your stay at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The hospital also has helpful information that can help make your stay easier. Click on the link for more details and helpful resources.