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Coping in Hospital
General information about hospital.
Children In Hospital "Child and Youth Health" website. A wealth of information on coping with a child in hospital. Child-friendly version here.
Your Child's Anaesthesia "Kids Health" website. General information on Anesthesia and children -ask your own hospital about their procedures. Also check the 'More On This Topic' at the bottom of the page. Contains information in child and teen friendly versions.
Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. This is where Cassidy had/will have all her surgery. A fantastic place!
Ideas to help your child cope better in hospital. Some are unusual, but keep an open mind!
Preparing for surgery. Physical, emotional and mental preparation for surgery can help. In order to cover all three aspects, here's some ideas which integrate western medicine and eastern, holistic methods. Please note, dosages stated are for adults, there is a link on the site for child dosages at the bottom of the page. Beware when giving supplements to your child, some can be dangerous. You MUST tell the nurses what supplements you are giving your child.
Surgery and Nutrition. The ideas here may be a good idea if your child's diet is lacking. Beware when giving supplements to your child, some can be dangerous. You MUST tell the nurses what supplements you are giving your child.
Clown Doctors "The Humour Foundation" website. Clown Doctors visit children in hospital to make it less intimidating and provide the kids and parents alike with the proven benefits laughter.
Reflexology For Children. According to researchers at the Stockport NHS Trust, Anaesthetic Department in England, a foot massage can help alleviate pain in patients following surgical operations. Scroll down on the linked page above and read "Kid Stuff--Working on Baby". I did a little amateur reflexology on Cassidy and it worked like a charm!
Meditation For Children. My daughter had positive results using a form of meditation (she imagined kittens were sitting on her hip, purring!). The instructions are easy for kids to understand or for you to share with your child. Give it a go, it can't do any harm!