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Visiting Hours and Guidelines

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Last Updated: June 19, 2023

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 Children’s Health Centers or Children’s National Pediatricians & Associates.
  • 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. 

Electronic Security Screening

Additional Information for Visitors

COVID-19 Family and Caregiver Visitation Policy

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.