Whether it’s your child's first hospitalization or he or she is a hospital veteran, the experience can be stressful for the entire family. You play an important role in helping your child feel comfortable. But remember, in order to help your child adjust to a hospital stay, it’s important for you to feel comfortable as well. Be sure to seek out the help and support you need and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
When you visit the hospital, no matter how long the stay, try to keep up with familiar activities such as bathing, dressing, feeding, reading and playing so there is as little disturbance as possible to regular routines. Your child's nurse will welcome you to your room and give you a tour so that you know where everything is located and how to find someone if you need assistance. Feel free to ask lots of questions. You might want to consider bringing a notebook so that you can jot down questions. When you meet with your child's attending doctor or nurse, you may be overwhelmed by questions and concerns and forget what you want to ask. Here are some suggestions to help: