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Visiting Hours and Guidelines

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Last Updated: June 19, 2023
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Visiting Hours

At Children's National Hospital, parents and guardians can be with their child 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All other visitors can see patients from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Visiting Guidelines

  • Visitor Screening. To protect our patients, staff and others, any individual who suspects they are sick or have symptoms associated with any infectious illness should not visit. 
  • Mask Policy. Masking is optional at all of our facilities. 
  • Outpatient Appointments (including the Emergency Department (ED)). Two (2) people can accompany each patient to an outpatient appointment or ED visit.
  • Primary Care Appointments. Two (2) people can accompany a patient to any of our Primary Care locations.
  • Inpatient Stays.
    • At the time of admission, four (4) people can be identified to visit a patient admitted to the hospital in the PICU and NICU. In other care locations, visitors do not need to be designated.
    • Only two (2) people can be at the bedside at a time.
    • All visitors must check in with the nurses or social workers on the child’s unit to be sure patients and their families have agreed that the patient can have visitors. Please ask about the visiting hours and rules on the unit. Read more about our inpatient stays at Children's National Hospital.
  • Sibling Visitation. Siblings under 18 years of age may visit, but must be supervised by an adult at all times. Siblings visiting our PICU, NICU, CICU, HKU and BMT must be at least 10 years old. Siblings younger than 18 years old cannot spend the night. Read more about our inpatient stays at Children's National.
  • Patients with, or suspected to have, COVID-19. The visitation for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection is limited to two (2) designated people.

Please read the specifics below, as we continue to evaluate and adjust the visitor policy to ensure the safety of patients, families and staff. 

Lactation and Consult Rooms

Nursing parents are welcome to breastfeed anywhere that they are comfortable at Children’s National. In addition, our main campus offers two lactation rooms available for outpatient families for nursing or for small, private family meetings. These are separate from the family rooms, and are located on 3 East near the Heart and Kidney Unit. No scheduling is required.

Electronic Security Screening

Security Screening

Is the Evolv system safe for people with an implanted or wearable medical device?

Is the security system safe?

Is the Evolv system safe for pregnant people?

Additional Information for Visitors

Using the Elevators at Children's National

Please help us fight infection

Please Help Us Keep a Safe and Healthy Environment


COVID-19 Family and Caregiver Visitation Policy

Important Information for Parents and Caregivers Who May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

Mask Policy for Visitors

Hospital Visiting Hours

Inpatient Stays

Children's National Hospital and its affiliates do not restrict or deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

A Note for Our Visitors

Children's National is a No Hit Zone

Just like you, we want your child to reach their fullest potential. Children's National supports a violence-free campus and prioritizes safety among staff, patients and visitors. Our No Hit Zone relates to violence of any kind, including interactions among parents/caretakers, colleagues, families and our employees.