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Preparing your child

Preparing your child

Preparing your child

Admission to the hospital may be a new experience for your child and should not be a frightening one. If your child is old enough to understand, explanations of what to expect are the best preparation you can offer. Ask the doctor or nurse for information about your child’s hospital stay.

In preparing your child, it is okay to admit that there may be some discomfort, but also acknowledge the positive side of the hospital stay – meeting new friends and being involved in recreational activities, which include games, movies and crafts. Your child will be encouraged to go to the recreation room to play unless complete rest is necessary.

Assure your child that all the people who work in the hospital are there because they have chosen to care for and help children.

We encourage you to stay with your child in the hospital to minimize their apprehension of being left alone in an unfamiliar place. If remaining with your child is not possible, it is most reassuring to clearly explain when you will be able to return, call or write and explain that they will be well cared for by all staff. In a very short time your child will adjust and join in with other patients doing recreational activities, as they recover during their hospital stay.

What should I bring to our appointment?

We hope you enjoy your visit. Please remember to bring the following to appointments:

  • Special shoes, braces, crutches, prostheses, wheelchairs
  • Deodorant and shaving equipment, if necessary
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and other daily hygiene articles
  • Favorite blanket, pillow, toy, music
  • School books, current assignments and needed supplies
  • Current vaccination records
  • A list of current medications, dosage and times to take
  • Your doctor’s name, address and phone number
  • Insurance card
  • Patient instruction sheet
  • Completed health history forms found in your new patient packet
  • Parent/guardian photo identification and insurance card (if applicable)
  • Parent/guardian - state law requires all children under age 18 be accompanied by their legal guardian
   
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