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Preparing Your Infant for Hospitalization

As a parent, you naturally want the very best for your child. By having your baby's surgery at All Children's Hospital, we believe you have chosen the finest hospital available. The following are some hints to help the hospital stay go smoothly for you and your baby.

Prepare Yourself First:
One of the best things you can do is to prepare yourself for the hospital visit. Find out about the procedure scheduled for your child. Once you know what to expect, you will be more relaxed. This will in turn help your baby to relax.

Helping Your Baby:
As the parent, you know your baby best. Please share with the hospital staff what your baby likes: how he likes to be held, what comforts her the best, his favorite stuffed animal or blanket, and any daily routine that she has. This type of information is very helpful and it can make your baby's stay in the hospital easier.
 
Separation:
Sometimes babies have a hard time separating from their parents. If you need to be away from your baby, there are some things you can do to help. First of all, it is important for you to feel comfortable leaving, so please ask any questions you may have of the staff. It is also helpful for you to share your plans for visiting with your child's nurse. When it is time for you to leave, your baby will notice how you are feeling. If you feel comfortable, your baby will get the message from you that it is okay for him to stay here. Try to leave something that smells like you with your baby such as a T-shirt or blanket. Because babies find comfort in cuddling with something that smells like their parents, try to leave something that belongs to you.

We hope this information has been helpful. If you have any questions or would like additional information on helping your baby adjust to hospitalization, please call the Child Life Department at (727) 767-4323. If you have questions regarding surgery time, please call Pre-Admission Testing at (727) 767-8561 or 1-800-456-4543 x78561.


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