Preparing for Hospital

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The following ideas may help make your child's trip to the hospital less stressful:

  • ASK (you and your child) when you need more information;
  • LISTEN to your child and open lines of communication to ask questions, to cry, and generally talk about feelings. Share your feelings too. Remember that children are sensitive to their parents' emotions and react to them. So, get all the information you need to reduce your own anxieties about hospitalization;
  • COMFORT your child, and keep other family members in the information loop to reduce their anxiety. Remember that your health and well-being are also important and need special attention. During the hospital stay, ask the nurse assigned to your child's care about touching, talking to your child, or holding or holding your child. That comfort is extremely important and is encouraged when it doesn't interrupt the healing process;
  • ROUTINES are very important to children, so try to maintain as much of the family's normal routine as possible. Bring a favorite toy, book, or photograph from home so that something in the room will be familiar. Always be honest and explain to your child when you are leaving and when you will return.

Some things TO bring from home:
(Please note that ACH is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen articles)

  • Toys, games, books, audio or videotapes, photographs;
  • A favorite stuffed animal or blanket;
  • Glasses, hearing aids, crutches, braces, corrective shoes, or other orthopedic aids;
  • Medications and a list of all medications your child is taking;
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, comb and other toiletries;
  • Schoolwork, if appropriate;
  • Some of your child's own clothes for going home and because when they are able, children like to wear their own clothes;
  • Health insurance card and name/address/phone number of your child's doctor at home;
  • Slippers and shoes;
  • A car seat for taking the child home (for patients up to 6 years of age or 60 pounds);
  • Parents who plan to stay at the hospital will also need these items for themselves (label all clothing with the family name to avoid confusion). Washers, dryers, and laundry detergent are available to family members at no cost;
  • A phone card and debit (ATM) card, when available; You will need money or food (non-refrigerated) for meals for yourself and any other visitors
  • Any medication you, the parent, may need since our doctors can only write prescriptions for our patients.
  • A small tape recorder or notebook to write down questions or information from the healthcare team
  • Radios, computers, computer games, hair dryers, etc.
  • Cellular phones can be used in some parts of the buildings; in others they cannot be turned on due to the possibility of interfering with sensitive medical equipment

Some things NOT to bring from home:

  • Latex balloons are not allowed due to possible health hazard;
  • Flowers are not allowed in critical care areas;
  • Small toys which could be swallowed;
  • Baby walkers;
  • Valuables or anything which cannot be replaced.