Prepare for Your Child’s Hospital Stay

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.

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Here are some tips on how to prepare for your child’s hospital stay.

Questions to Ask Before the Hospital Stay

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:

Pediatric Patient with Mother

We also encourage you to talk with your child about the upcoming hospital stay.

Learn About the Hospital

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital has three inpatient locations for children: Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. In most cases, you can schedule a hospital tour in advance. This can help you and your child know what to expect.

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 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.

Our child life specialists, creative arts therapists, and social workers can help your child feel as comfortable as possible before, during, and after the hospital experience.

Going Home

Learn more about what happens after your child’s hospital stay, including insurance and billing information and how to care for your child as he or she recovers.