Preparing Your Child for Procedures and Surgery
Going to the hospital can be a stressful time for both you and your child. As parents, you are the experts on your children.
You know them best and will be most effective in preparing your child or adolescent for hospitalization, a procedure or surgery.
Child Life Specialists are trained in teaching children and adolescents about medical procedures and helping them cope. They are a resource for you and your family.
To learn more about how to mentally prepare children and teenagers for the following procedures, click on the links to the right and/or below.
When a child or teenager is in the hospital, it is also important to encourage them to play and engage in developmentally appropriate activities. Please review the information to the right for ideas on how to help children and teenagers cope with hospitalization.
Twinkle Goes to the Hospital: Coloring pages for your child
Other Helpful Resources