Hospitalization can be a stressful time for both you and your child. Your feelings about the hospitalization can affect your child’s emotions and behaviors, so remember to speak positively around your child when discussing the upcoming stay at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu. Honesty will be important to your child. Be sure to have all your questions answered by your child’s physician. The unknown of the hospital environment can be frightening. By helping your child prepare, you can make the hospital experience a positive one. A child life specialist may be available to help your child understand their upcoming visit.
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:
Hospitalization can be sudden when your child has been injured. Having little or no time to prepare for the experiences 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 do not promise anything. It is appropriate to tell your child, “I don’t know,” if 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.
Ask questions. Be sure to have a clear understanding of your child’s hospitalization.
Share with staff what is comforting to your child.