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Preparing your child and family
Getting your child ready for the hospital
Talk to your child a few days before you come to the hospital. You can start earlier with older children. Help your child learn what to expect. Ask them what questions they have about it. Help them get answers to their questions. Your child may act and behave in new ways before, during or after the hospital visit. This is normal.
- Encourage your child to talk about feelings and ask questions. Listen to the questions your child is asking. Give specific answers to their questions.
- Be honest. If you don’t know the answer, tell your child you don’t know. Tell them you will find out for them.
- Use words your child will understand.
- Have your child pack comfort items from home. A favorite stuffed animal, blanket, movie or book are good ideas.
Children respond differently depending on their age, their other experiences and how they feel. Our Child Life team can help your child during procedures or during their hospital stay. Get more tips on talking with your child.
Siblings (under 18)
Due to the pandemic, siblings are not allowed at this time.
Visiting brothers and sisters must stay with an adult at all times. They may not stay overnight. To help stop the spread of germs, brothers and sisters may not use the patient playroom.