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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia

3551 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19140

Philadelphia, PA

215-430-4000

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215-430-4000

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.

To help prepare your child:

Additional tips

Our hospital has a certified child life specialist on staff to help children understand and cope with difficult experiences that can occur during medical care. Following are some tips from our child life specialist that you can use to help prepare your child.

Preparing younger children:

Preparing adolescents:

Helping siblings prepare for your child's hospital stay

Hospitalization can also be a stressful event for brothers and sisters at home. A sibling’s day-to-day routines may be changed as parents focus on a child who is in the hospital. They may feel neglected or isolated.

To ease potential anxiety, please remember to: