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How can I reduce my child's anxiety during a needed hospital stay?

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Dr. Sheldon Kaplan
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Your hospital stay

if it is a parent who needs to be in the hospital for a "needed stay", then letting the child know close to the planned stay is important.
Calm reassurance and the child visiting the hospital before & during your stay is also helpful. For a child who needs to go into the hospital, it is recommended that you talk with your pediatrician/hospital staff to help allay your child's fears through proven methods.

In brief: Your hospital stay

if it is a parent who needs to be in the hospital for a "needed stay", then letting the child know close to the planned stay is important.
Calm reassurance and the child visiting the hospital before & during your stay is also helpful. For a child who needs to go into the hospital, it is recommended that you talk with your pediatrician/hospital staff to help allay your child's fears through proven methods.
Dr. Sheldon Kaplan
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Dr. Claudia Kunrath
If the hospital has a child life specialist it is of great advantage. These specialists use kids words , dolls and games to teach the child about their disease and about tests.
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In brief: See below

Talk with your child about the stay.
How long it may be, what it is for, what may happen during the stay, etc. You may be able to visit the hospital prior to the admission. Stay with your child during the admission.

In brief: See below

Talk with your child about the stay.
How long it may be, what it is for, what may happen during the stay, etc. You may be able to visit the hospital prior to the admission. Stay with your child during the admission.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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