We encourage you to be honest with your child about staying in the hospital. Explain why the hospital visit is necessary and what your child can expect during his or her stay. Let your child know that you will be there whenever you can and that the hospital staff really cares.
To help your child, you can also talk about some of the recreational things available at the hospital, including the playroom, games, activities and hospital school. If you have other children at home, they may worry about their brother's or sister's hospital stay. Be sure they also understand what is happening, and let them know they are welcome to visit. If you plan to bring a child under the age of five, please talk to your child's nurse before bringing them in.