Pediatric Services

We understand that needing to stay in the hospital can be a stressful experience for young children—and their loved ones. That’s why our compassionate, dedicated team will do everything we can to keep you informed, to allow you and your child to be together as much as possible, and to offer comfort and support. That’s the kind of care we’d want for our own families. Your family deserves nothing less.

Pediatric Hospitalist Service

If your child has an illness or injury requiring hospitalization, he or she may be cared for by a pediatric hospitalist, a pediatrician specializing in the care of hospitalized children. Our pediatric hospitalists are available around the clock to answer questions, manage complex cases, coordinate patient care and modify treatment such as a medication change.

Our pediatric hospitalists maintain regular communication with your child’s pediatrician or family doctor. When your child leaves the hospital, a pediatric hospitalist will give your pediatrician an overview of your child’s hospital stay and detailed instructions for any future care that may be necessary.

Pediatric Echocardiogram

Pediatric echocardiograms are typically used for newborns to detect structural abnormalities of the heart (such as a hole between the chambers) and show valve shape, motion, narrowing or leaking. Echocardiograms are also used to evaluate heart murmurs in both newborns and pediatric patients. The pediatric echocardiograms are also useful on an outpatient basis for follow-up and repeat echocardiograms.

A pediatric echocardiogram service is available for pediatric patients through age 16 on an inpatient and outpatient basis in conjunction with University Physicians for the Detroit Medical Center. Video is streamed to a pediatric cardiologist at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) who remotely supervises the performance of the echocardiogram. The DMC cardiologist then reviews the study and generates a report for the child’s physician.

Hydration Station

The pediatric hydration station allows for observation, treatment and care of a child for up to eight hours without actually admitting him or her to the hospital. The hydration station is offered around the clock, seven days a week. Services include:

  • Intravenous hydration for children with dehydration related to vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms
  • Intravenous antibiotics
  • Intramuscular medications
  • Lab work
  • Respiratory assessment and breathing treatments
  • Port flushes
  • Blood and blood product transfusions
  • Wound care
  • Care for select adults and hyperemesis patients

Synagis® Clinic

The Synagis Clinic at Henry Ford Allegiance Health, a referral-based clinic, provides protection against Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the most common respiratory virus in infants and young children. It is especially important to protect infants with high risk factors.

RSV protection is provided using Synagis, an FDA-approved prescription injection given during the regional RSV season, which lasts from November through April. Each injection provides protection for approximately 30 days.

Accommodations for Families

Accommodations will be provided for parents or guardians to stay with a hospitalized child. While parents are welcome to remain with their child continually, others, including siblings and friends, should visit between noon and 8 p.m. Children who visit need be closely supervised by their parents while visiting. Please respect the privacy of other young patients and their families while you are visiting. Learn more about what to expect during your child's stay.

Drink extra fluids throughout pregnancy to help your body keep up with the increases in your blood volume. It is important to drink at least six to eight glasses of water, fruit juice or milk each day.