The above script is part of the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,'
which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
An overnight stay in the hospital can be scary for kids and parents too. If your child has to spend the night in a hospital, here are some suggestions to make it easier for everyone. First, find out as much as you can about your child’s stay and treatment. The more you know, the better you will be able to prepare and reassure your child as much as possible. Ask your doctor to help you arrange a tour of the hospital in advance. Visiting the hospital ahead of time will help familiarize your child with the hospital rooms and procedures. Finally, help your child pack a few special belongings in an overnight bag. Having familiar books, toys, blankets and stuffed animals nearby will help your child feel more comfortable and secure. Remember: Helping your child to be emotionally prepared for a hospital stay is a very important step toward a speedy recovery.