A hospital stay may be overwhelming for a child, especially the first time. If you are prepared and know what to expect, you’ll feel more confident and in control, and can help your child feel that way, too.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for your child’s hospital stay.
In response to the spread of 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York, please review our updated information about visitor access to our hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other patient care areas.
The more information you have before your child’s hospital stay, the more prepared you’ll be. We encourage you to partner with us during your child’s care by talking to your child’s doctors or nurses. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
Parents are welcome to stay in the hospital with their children. Your presence has a calming effect, and you’re an important member of the care team. We offer you and other family members a variety of resources to meet your unique needs.
Family to Family Hours, hosted by members of our Sala Family Advisory Council, are offered to give parents a break. Patients and families, including siblings, are welcome to visit our playrooms or bring toys and games back to your room. Volunteers are often available to be with your child when you step away.