Top Left Logo
Going to Hospital Healthy People, Healthy Communities
Skip Navigation Links
For Health Professionals
Contact Us

Spacer Spacer Spacer Spacer
Index      Small Text Medium Text Large Text  

Preparing a Child for Hospital

Coping with a new experience is easier when you are prepared. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your child for a visit to the hospital:
  • Explain to your child that in order to get well, a hospital visit or stay is necessary.
  • Tell your child that the people he will meet are there to give him the best of care.
  • Tell your child the number of days he is likely to be away from home.
  • Listen to any fears your child may have.
  • Always be honest with your child. If you don’t know how to answer his questions, write them down together so that you can ask the nurse or doctor at the hospital.
  • Read books about going to the hospital with your child. Ask your local librarian for good books. We recommend…
    First Look at the Hospital, by Daphne Butler
    Why am I Going to the Hospital?, by Claire Cilotta
Preparing as a Caregiver or Parent:
Having a child who is ill is a major stressor for parents and families. With a planned admission, you have the opportunity to avoid some of that stress by taking the time to get yourself organized and prepared. If you will be traveling to the Janeway for care, prepare for accommodations in advance. Families are encouraged to stay together as much as possible, and daycare for siblings can be arranged. 
  • Read the information provided to you about your child’s illness or procedure.
  • Write down any questions that you or your child have.
  • Your child will probably want you to stay with her as much as possible. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own personal care items like soap, a toothbrush and a change of clothes. 
  • When you have to leave the building, let your child know where you are going and when you will return. 
  • If you wish to stay overnight with your child, please talk with the nurse on your child’s unit. Every effort will be made to make your night comfortable. Be sure to make arrangements for going home before you arrive at the hospital.
  • If you will need assistance at home, please discuss this with your child’s nurse as soon as possible.


Updated Feb 23, 2018