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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston

815 Market St. Galveston, TX 77550

Galveston, TX

409-770-6600

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409-770-6600

Preparing your child

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

Honesty will be 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 your child know that you will check with their care team to get them information.

If you have questions about preparing your child for his or her hospital or medical experience, please contact our child life department at 409-770-6800.

Younger children

Adolescents

When there is no time to prepare

Hospitalization can be sudden when your child has been injured. Having little or no time to prepare for the experience and not knowing what to expect can be overwhelming for children and their families. You can help your child through this difficult time.

Ways to support your child: