Childhood Cancer

Your Child in the Hospital

Chapter 3: Preparing Your Child

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

— Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh

CHILDREN WHO ARE WELL PREPARED for hospital visits often feel comfortable and sometimes even excited about their upcoming hospitalization. But, children who aren’t expecting the strange surroundings or discomfort of medical procedures might feel frightened or disoriented. Taking some time to prepare yourself and your child is well worth the effort. More information about preparing your child is in Chapter 8, Surgery.