Pediatric Handout Option

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Margy Swenson NURS 2010 Pediatric Handout Option #4 Preparing for Your Child’s Hospital Visit Hospitalization can be stressful for both parents and children. It is common to have many questions about your child’s hospital stay. While your child’s doctor will answer questions about your child’s specific medical condition and treatment, this handout is designed to help answer some general questions. What to Tell Your Child Be sure to get information yourself before talking with your child about their illness. If you feel confident and informed, it will help to provide your child with a sense of security. Our nurses can provide you with written information about your child’s medical condition and suggest places to go for additional…show more content…
For children under the age of six, tell them a couple of days before the visit. If they are six or above, tell them a week or two beforehand. It is important that you are honest and truthful with them, as well as willing to answer their questions. If you don’t know the answer to a question, tell them that you will find out the answer and then do so! What to Bring * Many children are comforted by a familiar toy or blanket, and these can be brought with them to the hospital (unless otherwise instructed). Photos of family members and pets can also be comforting to children. * If possible, you are strongly encouraged to stay in the hospital with your child, especially if they are under six years old. Your presence will be comforting for both of you. If you plan on “rooming-in” with your child, you should bring your own clothing and toiletries, as the hospital typically provides these items only for patients. (You do not need to bring your own linens.) * You do not need to bring your child’s medications, but be sure to bring an up-to-date list of the medications that they are currently receiving. * Please do not bring any valuables to the
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