Friday, August 20, 2010

Try to understand your child’s feelings

Put yourself in his shoes! Younger children might need reassurance that hospitalization is not a form of punishment for something they did. It's not uncommon for children to act younger than their age (such as by wetting the bed or sucking their thumbs) before, during or after a hospital stay. Your child fears are often age - specific, and toddlers don't worry on this count; most children return to normal very soon. Worry about being separated from parents; school-going children are more concerned about being different from their peers, while teenagers have a greater need for privacy and independence.

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