PAAMG Pediatric Care Tips: Helping Children Of Different Ages
Welcome! A child understands things based on his age and developmental level. You probably have many ideas of your own. Below are some of our tips that you might find helpful to prepare your child before their visit to Providence Alaska Medical Center.
Let them be the doctor to a doll or stuffed toy. They can “operate” on it, give it “shots” or just apply a Band-Aid. They might express their feelings more clearly while playing than if you ask them directly.
Reassure your child that you’ll stay with them when you can and that other people will take care of them if you can’t be there.
Encourage your teenager to talk to their doctors and nurses about their condition. Be sure they are included in discussions and decisions about their care so that they will feel independent and more in control.
Your teen may be worried about their privacy. Reassure them that the hospital staff will treat them with respect.
Even at this age, a familiar object, journal, video or favorite tape or CD can help your teen feel calmer at the hospital.
When appropriate, encourage visits from their friends for peer support.