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Tips for Visiting Hospitals with Children

Here are some suggestions for bringing children along to see hospital patients:

  • HF_tipsforvisiting_WOFirst note the rules for visiting minors.
  • Explain to the child in simple terms, prior to the visit, why the patient is in the hospital.
  • Be sure the child is well-behaved and quiet.
  • Do not allow the child to wander into any area unattended.
  • Do not force the child to physically interact with the patient, for instance hugging or kissing, unless the child is comfortable with it.
  • Watch for signs that the child may be getting upset or uncomfortable. If that happens, take a walk, and get some fresh air. Let kids know that hospitals can be difficult places for many people and that this kind of a reaction is normal.
 

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