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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston

6977 Main St. Houston, TX 77030

Houston, TX


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Preparing your child

Hospitalization can be a stressful time for your child and your family. By helping your child prepare, you can make the hospital experience more comfortable and positive.

For families whose children will be having surgery, we encourage you to preview our Preparing For Surgery and Pre Op Care for Babies and Toddlers videos.

 Preparing for Surgery videos

If you have questions about preparing your child for his or her hospital or medical experience, please contact our child life department at 713-713-3812. Child life specializes in helping children to understand and cope with difficult experiences that can occur during medical care.

Younger children



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