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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati

3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229

Cincinnati, OH

800-875-8580

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800-875-8580

Preparing your child

Hospitalization can be a stressful time for your child and family. The unknown of the hospital environment can be frightening. By helping your child prepare, you can make the hospital experience a positive one. Your feelings about hospitalization can affect your child’s emotions and behaviors, so remember to speak positively when discussing the upcoming stay at the Cincinnati Shriners Hospital.

Honesty is important to your child. Answer your child’s questions openly and honestly, but keep it general and don’t promise anything. It’s appropriate to tell your child that you do not know the answer to a question. In these situations, you can let them know that you will check with their care team to get information. A child life staff member may be available to help your child understand his or her upcoming visit.

Younger children

Adolescents

Siblings

Hospitalization can also be a stressful event for siblings at home. Their day-to-day routine may be altered with the absence of a caregiver. Brothers and sisters may experience feelings of isolation. To ease potential anxiety, please remember to: