I’m crossing my fingers that your kid’s trip to hospital involves flowers and then going home.
But, for too many families, there are medical issues that lead them to being in-patient at the hospital.
Again, there are a lot of suggestions other parents can offer that might help your child.
BEFORE YOU GO TO THE HOSPITAL
- PERTINENT INFO – you should have a form for each child that has info the hospital will ask you for and you might forget : medications (doses/frequency/pharmacy), pediatrician’s contact info, basic health history (broken bones, surgeries, etc), social security number
- SUITCASE – When my daughter was sick and we went to the hospital FREQUENTLY we had our suitcase. It is like that one you pack in preparation for childbirth, There were small gifts to deal with the procedure she would have, clothes, toiletries, thing to keep her occupied, etc.
AT THE HOSPITAL
- You can make your room as home-y and as comfy as you can.
- We always took the pillowcase Peyton had been using so it would smell like home.
- We took our own blankets
- Get them dressed every day as you would at home.
- If it’s not convenient to have clothes then try this -> we took t-shirts from home, cut them up the back and (since I didn’t sew) I had shoe laces through holes at the top to keep it held together.
- make sure to greet (by name) each person that comes into your room. Chances are, you have pounded STRANGER DANGER in their head.
- Get out of the room as much as possible. If they have contact restrictions, a face mask can be asked for.
I could literally go on for hours about this. This is a hard time for the kids that have to go to hospital, but it’s very hard for the kids left at home.
My next post in this series will be about sibling.