They are white, huge, and full of endless corridors.
Hospitals may either intimidate or fascinate children, but one thing is for sure: parents play a very important role in helping them cope with being hospitalized. Such a predicament can be very stressful and worrisome, yet the loved ones of any hospitalized children can always choose to make the most of it.
From choosing the perfect hospital mattress to bringing the perfect uplifting toys for the kids, consider the following tips on how to make your child’s hospital stay pleasant and even, to a certain degree, entertaining.
- Bring a touch of home
One of the first things that children would definitely miss upon staying in a hospital is the familiar surroundings of their home. Little things such as blanket, a pillow, a favorite stuffed toy, a family photo, or anything that can make a hospital room homier will surely help bring out a positive feeling from them. It may also keep their mind off the reason for their hospitalization even for just a while.
A sense of a “normal day” provides children a secure feeling that it is life as usual. So whenever they see a piece from home, they can feel a little more accustomed to the ambiance of their hospital room during their stay.
- Give them control
Being hospitalized may take a few notch out of a child’s confidence, so it is important that they can also have a say in even the simplest things. Give your child a dose of security by letting them choose which game to play, what color of Band-Aid they’d like to use, which armpit they’d prefer the thermometer to be in, and so on.
It can even be a topic of conversation at the end of the day. These little details in decision-making can significantly give the children a sense of control and may also be a very enjoyable form of activity.
- Let children be themselves
Hospitals have playrooms or recreation rooms for kids who not only need these things for their healing process, but also for those who simply want to play and feel a little less bored.
Encouraging them to interact and play can be a vital part of their betterment. They would get the feeling that they can still do the things they love to do even if they are in a hospital. Participating in different activities can keep children’s minds off their hospitalization, thus allowing them to have more room for fun.
In case that a child’s activity is restricted, there is always a specialist in every hospital who can be asked about other options.
- Bring unusual gifts
Cards and flowers are the usual gifts for hospitalized people, but there is no harm in trying out bringing presents that may free children from hospital boredom. As we all know, children have a very short attention span, so keeping them busy and happily contented may take a lot of effort.
Finding the perfect gift, however, will ensure the child an unforgettable experience. One can always consider bringing uncommon gifts such as goofy magazines, comics, coloring books with a set of crayons, character masks and simple costumes, jigsaw puzzles, and other fun gifts.
Hospitalization may be a worrying and difficult experience both for children and their families. Still, there are always a few ways to turn these negative impressions into optimistic and enjoyable ones. As long as you are always there for your child, boredom and anxiety are just uncomplicated things you really don’t have to worry about.