Your child's stay in the hospital can be a stressful time for the entire family. The unknown of the hospital environment can be frightening. By helping your child prepare, you can make the hospital experience a positive one. 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.
Honesty will be important to your child. Answer your child’s questions openly and honestly, but keep it general and do not promise anything. It is 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 their care team to get them information. A child life staff member will be available to help your child understand his or her upcoming visit.
If your child will be having surgery, we encourage you to attend a hands-on pre-operative education class with our child life staff. Your care coordinator will work with the child life specialists to schedule this class for you and your child.
If you have questions about preparing your child for his or her hospital or medical experience, please contact our child life department at 318-226-4215.
Hospitalization can also be a stressful event for siblings 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: