Skip to navigation

Shriners For Children Medical Center

909 S. Fair Oaks Ave Pasadena, CA 91105

Pasadena, CA

626-389-9300

Call today

626-389-9300

Preparing your child

When your child must visit or be admitted to a health care facility, it can be a stressful time for both you and your child. Your feelings about the visit can affect your child’s emotions and behaviors, so remember to speak positively around your child when discussing the upcoming visit to Shriners for Children Medical Center. Honesty will be important to your child. Be sure to have all your questions answered by your child’s physician. The unknown of the medical center environment can be frightening. By helping your child prepare, you can make the experience a more positive one.

Younger children

Adolescents

Siblings

The medical center can also be a stressful event for brothers and sisters 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:

When there is no time to prepare

Surgery 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. Children can experience distress related to unplanned events. You can help your child through this difficult time.

Be honest. 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 the treatment team to get them information.

Remain supportive. You are your child’s source of comfort and love.