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Preparing for Your Child’s Hospital Stay

A girl spending the night at UVA Children's Hospital gets balloons.Being hospitalized can be scary for a child, siblings and even parents and caregivers. 

Children adjust better when they’re given age-appropriate information and when they have family with them.

We encourage you to be with your child as much as possible, ask lots of questions and find support from family or friends.

Ask your child's nurse or social worker for help or for more tips and information about how to prepare for your child's hospitalization. 

Measure your child’s pain:
Use our pain rating scale (PDF)