It is natural for any parent to feel anxious when their child is in hospital, whether it is for a scheduled procedure or because of emergency care. Whatever the circumstances of your child’s hospitalization, it is important for parents to be an active participant in their child’s care. Be sure to ask any questions you have and share concerns with your child’s hospital care team. There are certain things that you can do before, during and after your child’s hospital visit to support your child and ensure that that everything goes smoothly.
Understanding what to expect, being prepared and knowing how to comfort your child can help reduce anxieties for both parent and child.
When your child is in the hospital, it is a stressful and emotional time for everyone. If your child has been in the hospital frequently or for an extended period, it can become physically and emotionally draining. It is important to remain calm and ask for support before you become overwhelmed. Review the Getting Support page for some practical tips on getting support while your child is in the hospital.