Your Child in the Hospital; A Practical Guide for Parents, 2nd Edition

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Millions of parents take a child to the hospital each year, whether for stitches, outpatient surgery, or longer stays. Children who are reassured about what lies ahead have less anxiety and cope more easily with procedures and treatments. Well-prepared parents can be calm and effective advocates for their children in a situation that can otherwise be traumatic.Resources for parents (and children) are slim. In many bookstores and libraries, the only book that comes close is Curious George Goes to the Hospital. No ...

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Overview

Millions of parents take a child to the hospital each year, whether for stitches, outpatient surgery, or longer stays. Children who are reassured about what lies ahead have less anxiety and cope more easily with procedures and treatments. Well-prepared parents can be calm and effective advocates for their children in a situation that can otherwise be traumatic.Resources for parents (and children) are slim. In many bookstores and libraries, the only book that comes close is Curious George Goes to the Hospital. No books are available to answer anxious parents' questions and provide information and reassurance.Your Child in the Hospital is a practical book of tips and wisdom from veteran parents that will help make any hospital stay easier. Topics covered include:

  • Preparing your child
  • Going to the emergency room
  • Dealing with doctors
  • Making the most of the room and facility
  • Coping with procedures (to minimize discomfort and trauma)
  • Keeping family life going
  • Keeping in touch with school
  • Handling insurance claims
  • Getting financial assistance
The second edition features a journal where your child can note personal experiences, opening communication, giving the child a measure of control, and allow the parent a window into the child's experience.Venturing into a hospital is like taking a trip to a foreign land. If parents tuck this book into their child's suitcase, they will have at their fingertips an essential guide for their hospital journey. Commonsense advice and poignant tales from seasoned parents will help increase parents' peace of mind, allowing them to dispel their child's fears and concerns.

"...offers easy-to-read tips on preparing children for the hospital, handling procedures without trauma, and preventing insurance snafus...helps to relieve anxious parents so that they can dispel a child's fears and concerns."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565925731
  • Publisher: Patient Centered Guides
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Patient Centered Guides Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Keene has written or co-authored five health books for families. She is co-creator of the Patient-Centered Guides series and Editor of pediatric titles. Nancy is a tireless advocate for childrens health issues, including pediatric clinical trials, childhood cancer, late effects of childhood cancer treatments, pediatric pain relief, and emotional support for families. She frequently speaks for professional and parent groups and works on/with national pediatric advocacy organizations and committees.

Rachel Prentice is a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She worked as a newspaper reporter for eight years in Washington State, New Mexico, and Rome, Italy, focusing on science, environment, and government issues.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Before You Go 5
2 The Emergency Room 11
3 Preparing Your Child 17
4 The Facilities 23
5 Telling the Staff Apart 30
6 Communicating with Staff 35
7 Common Procedures 42
8 Surgery 51
9 Pain Management 57
10 Family and Friends: What to Say 62
11 Family and Friends: How to Help 66
12 Feelings and Behavior 72
13 Siblings 79
14 Long-Term Illness: Keeping Family Life Going 86
15 School 94
16 Keeping Medical Records 101
17 Hospital Billing 104
18 Insurance 109
19 Sources of Financial Help 113
20 Looking Back 116
Packing List 119
Resources 121
Contributors 126
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