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Toddler Hospitalization Tips

toddler hospitalIf your child needs to be hospitalised remember to talk to your child about what is about to happen. The point is not to scare them but to let them know what to expect. To maintain their trust is important.

  • Their favourite toy
  • Juice with a straw
  • Snacks
  • A set of ear phones (most hospital shops sell these too) so that they can watch TV in their hospital beds
  • A sticker or colouring in book with pencils

Most hospitals require that your child is wearing a hospital gown during the procedure. You only need to pack a set of clothes to wear when they are coming home.
If they have had an operation affecting their face, be sure to pack a jersey that zips up and not a pull-over.
Ice pack or ice – it will help reduce the swelling of the area operated on.
Communicate with the hospital staff
Ask questions
Be accommodating
The anaesthetist will ask a lot of questions. Answer them as openly and honestly as possible.
Decide who will go with your child into the pre-operating room and into theatre (if the hospital allows it)
Ask your friends to sit with you whilst waiting for the operation to take place
If you are spiritual - phone family and friends and ask them to pray
Take Rescue remedy in order to cope with your anxiety
Sit and wait outside the operating theatre, the operation may be shorter than you anticipated
Expect your little one to wake up crying
Be there to hold their little hands or pick them up and rock them
Offer them something to eat and drink. Have their favourite food on hand.
Give them a present and make sure there is always someone by their side
Remember to eat and drink yourself
Ask for help if you need it
Get someone else to go to the pharmacy to get any medication that may be required
Be sure to still strap your child in on the way home from the hospital
Many children vomit after surgery – keep a bucket handy next to the bed
Phone the Dr immediately if you suspect that there may be a problem or you are concerned about anything
If your child is on antibiotics, remember to ask for probiotics and make sure that they are the chewable kind.
Give medicine on time and reward with stickers, high fives or a treat
Children heal incredibly quickly and will be back to their old selves soon enough
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