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During Your Hospital Stay

We encourage your involvement

For children, hospitals are unfamiliar settings with many strangers. That’s why your involvement is an important part of your child’s healing and sense of security. Your family can help your child by participating during their stay. Our child life specialists are available to offer ideas and support your family. We encourage you to ask for assistance.

During your child’s hospital stay, your child may experience a range of emotions, including fear, anger, confusion and anxiety. Some children may even cry or act out in their parents’ presence, because they know they are safe with you. Other children often deal with their emotions by retreating or becoming quiet — keeping their feelings to themselves. These responses are normal. Be certain to share your concerns with our staff members and child life specialist, who are there to assist you.

You are the expert

Our staff members are healthcare experts, but you are the expert when it comes to your child’s needs. Be your child’s advocate and communicate with staff. Ask as many questions as you wish to ensure that your child is receiving the best care. Share your child’s unique needs and your thoughts on special measures that will help to make their stay more comfortable.

Write down any health-related questions about your child or concerns you encounter when communicating with staff. It is also helpful to note names of staff members and other information they share with you. We encourage you to speak with the unit nursing manager, who will assist you as needed.