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Ways to Keep Your Child’s Hospital Experience Positive

Keep Your Child Active

Bring favorite things from home: toys, DVDs, music, etc.

Ask your Child Life Specialist for appropriate activities, so your child can be active and engaged. When possible go to the playroom or teen room for a change in environment.

 

Provide Developmentally Appropriate Comforting Techniques

For Infants

Rattles
Holding and rocking your baby
Singing
Speaking in a soft voice
Playing soft music
Soothers that provide sound and light

 For Toddlers

            Blowing bubbles
            Interactive toys
            Singing
            Picture and sound books
            Play-doh
            Speaking in a reassuring voice
            Holding/touching your child

School-Age Children

            Movies/TV
            Deep breathing
            Books
            Electronic game systems
            Music
            Arts and Crafts
            Imaginative play
           Squeeze balls
            iPads/iPods
            Talking about favorite place or thing

Teenagers

            Deep breathing
            Music
            Electronic game systems
            Guided imagery
            Talking about favorite thing or place
            Books
            Lap-top/cell phone
            iPads/iPods
            Encourage peer support

Maintain Honesty

Be honest about what is happening. Describe what your child will see, hear, and feel. Use developmentally appropriate language to describe the medical experience. The Child Life Specialist will guide you on how and what to say.

 


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