It is natural for anyone to be afraid of a hospitalization, especially a child. Encourage your child to talk about his or her fears and clarify any misconceptions. An individual plan of care will be explained to you and your child by trained staff members when you arrive at the pediatric department.
Often a child's worse fear is that of separation from loved ones. Assure your child that you will visit often and you will be bringing him or her home as soon as the doctor gives permission. Please do not promise a specific day for going home as plans may have to be changed.
It is important to put fears into proper perspective. Children usually adapt to new experiences with interest and most children can sense their parents' anxiety. Try to control your own personal anxieties to lessen your child's fears.
Remember, if you have any questions concerning your child's hospitalization please feel free to ask your pediatrician or one of the pediatric nurses. For more information about pediatric services at Newport Hospital, please call 401-845-1710.
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