During your child's hospital stay, you and your child's medical care team will begin to help you prepare to go home from the hospital and develop a continuing care plan. If your child needs special home care equipment or home nursing, your child's nurse will help you arrange for it.
Once your child returns home from a hospital stay or surgery, you may notice changes in your child's behavior, such as changes in sleep patterns, new fears or anxieties. Try not to worry. Many of these changes are a natural response to what can be a difficult experience for a young child and are often temporary. Encourage your child to talk openly about his or her experience in the hospital and reassure your child that you are always there to listen. If changes in behavior last for more than six weeks, talk to your child's doctor.