Being in the hospital is often scary for the child, especially at the beginning.
It is a whole new world and he will have to learn to live with new people, strange machines, procedures and routines. Adding details like photos of family and friends, drawings and other personal things in your child's room can help make the hospital a less scary place. These homey touches can help start a conversation between hospital staff and your child.
One of the most frightening things for many children is the separation from their parents and siblings. Many hospitals always maintain an escort and regular visits. Explain to your child about this routine, this way he will be able to adapt better to the time in the hospital.
Most hospitals have play spaces with toys and games, giving children the opportunity to play and talk with each other, just as they do with their friends at home or at school.
There is a group of professionals trained to work with children who have serious illnesses who will talk to you about their fears and concerns and can talk to the child through play.
If your child cannot get out of bed to go to the toy library, professionals can bring games, schoolwork and other activities to the child in the room.
For those who are older or more independent, restricting movement can make them feel unhappy.
They may refuse treatment, break hospital rules, miss outpatient appointments or show other behaviors that hinder hospital routine.
A frank conversation about your health and treatment can help you to realize the importance of fulfilling what is determined and following the routine with more tranquility.
Parents can help children become more independent by allowing them to share the responsibility for their care.
There is always a specialized professional who can talk to you and your child about hospitalization.