Nationally ranked care. Another way our love for kids just keeps on growing.
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:


    What Happens When You Go For Your Test



Back to Child Life Services

Cardinal Glennon on Facebook
Cardinal Glennon on Twitter
Cardinal Glennon on Google+
Cardinal Glennon on YouTube
Cardinal Glennon on Flickr
An international collaboration: first of its kind fetal surgery in Heidelberg, Germany made possible by the expert guidance of pediatric neurosurgery and fetal care experts in St. Louis
Learn more »
Boo at the Zoo Nights is Booier Than Ever!
Learn more »