If you have ever had a child in A&E or a hospital ward, you will know that what they need is distraction. Something – anything – to take their mind off the pain and the fright of what is happening to them.
Here is a download that just might help. It’s quite a busy document but all the better to keep a little one amused.
The aim is to help your child to:
- focus on familiar and fun details of their life
- articulate how they are feeling
- process what is happening and make sense of it
- give them something to look forward to when they are discharged
- pass the time colouring in the picture and adding names of new friends
It can be filled in by the child or the parent.
It could also be stored on the clipboard that holds the observations chart at the end of the bed to give care-givers information about your child as an individual. As a health care professional myself I always found the best way to distract a child from a procedure (even a needle!) was to engage them in chit-chat about their interests.
All children deserve to be reassured. I hope this helps.
Click here to print the CHILD IN HOSPITAL download
(when the link opens, right click on the screen and select the print option)
This post also featured as a Guest Blog on the Nurse Jobs Ireland website
Additional Resources* you may be interested in:
Medikidz – Comics that explain medical conditions in language that children understand.