Preparing your child for hospital, a parents guide.
For children, the prospect of going into hospital is potentially frightening. they are likely to be worried about staying away from home and may be fearful about what will happen to them once they are in hospital. this guide shows how parents can help their children avoid much of this distress by preparing them for their hospital stay in advance.
Overcoming fear of the unknown.
For children, fear of hospital is often based on fear of the unkown.
They may not know what it is like inside a hospital, what will happen once they are there, or how they will be treated.
It is a good idea if possible to arrange a visit to the unit a few days before the admission as you will know what to expect beforehand.
Do not worry about bothering the unit, or being thought of as a nuisance.
Our unit welcomes such visits, and is normally arranged for you as a pre-admission visit, were we are happy to talk with parents and the child about the day in question.
Why should i prepare my child?
there are many reasons why it is helpful to prepare a child for hospital in advance.
What are some common fears children have about hospitals?
How can i prepare my child?
Activites that may help you prepare your child.
there are many ways in which you can help your child to prepare for hospital.
these activites can help your child to ask questions about their visit to hospital. answer them in a simple and truthful way.
* prepare you child as much as you can.
* try to be involved as much as you can in your childs care.
* in a simple and truthful way tell your child what is happening.