July 19th, 2011
Hospitals can be a scary place, especially for kids. Recently my daughter had a procedure done at a local children’s hospital and she was in good spirits walking in, but when it came time for vitals and medication, she wanted nothing to do with it. Lucky for us, this hospital works with children every day, and was able to offer some comfort for her.
The nurse let her pick a sticker after her vitals were taken. After she was given medication, another nurse came in with random toys, not just to play with, but she could choose one to take home!
The staff also provided us with a blanket, handmade and donated by a local group, for use in the hospital and to take home. My favorite part, I must admit, was the ipad 2 they let us – err, I mean her – use throughout the procedure to keep her occupied. It also worked well to keep me preoccupied and less worried.
Keeping kids occupied and feeling secure during a difficult appointment can be comforting, and allow the nurses and doctors to do what they need to do. Things like balls, toys and coloring books can make the day easier for everyone – patients, parents, and staff.
I won’t soon forget the nurses and staff that took care of my daughter. She was a real trooper the entire day and the results were extremely positive. Now we’re just trying to convince dad to buy us an ipad!