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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield

516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104

Springfield, MA

413-787-2000

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413-787-2000

Preparing your child

At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield, we understand that hospitalization can be a stressful time for both you and your child. Remember to speak positively around your child when discussing their upcoming hospitalization, as your feelings can affect your child’s emotions and behaviors. Honesty will be important to your child. Be sure to have all your questions answered by your child’s physician. By helping prepare your child, you can make the hospital experience a more positive one.

Younger children

Adolescents

Siblings

Hospitalization 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

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. 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.