How parents/carers can help

Try to prepare your child for what will happen to them before coming into hospital. Talk as honestly as you can to your child and encourage him or her to discuss fears and worries with you. You could play doctors and nurses, or read stories about hospitals – your local library will have some useful books available. You may also speak to nursery and school teachers for advice.

Whilst on the ward encourage your child to participate in the normal activities provided by the Play Specialist in the playroom.

Children and young people need lots of encouragement and praise whilst in hospital.

Last Reviewed: 23/07/2015