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Child Life Services 

Preparing for a Hospital Stay: Pre-Schooler (3 - 5 years)  

Fears: separation, abandonment and immobility.

  • Begin talking to your child 3-4 days before his or her medical procedure or hospitalization.
  • Provide explanations for what he/she will see, hear, taste, smell or have to do. Children at this age do not know what to expect, so they frequently use their imaginations.
  • Use simple words when explaining what will happen/what he or she will have to do.
  • Clear up misconceptions related to illness as punishment.
  • Provide opportunities for questions.
  • Read books (Book Resources for Parents) about going to Cardinal Glennon.
  • Use doctor kits to help your child explore equipment they might see when they arrive.

For more helpful information, click on the following links:

    Distractions

    What Happens When You Go For Your Test

    Play

 

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