Age by Age: Developmental Needs for Children and Adolescents in the Hospital
When a child or teenager is in the hospital, it is important to encourage them to play and engage in developmentally appropriate activities.
Play in the hospital makes the hospital environment less scary and more child-friendly. It also encourages children and adolescents to focus on activity, rather than on their illness.
At WakeMed, we know children and adolescents are constantly learning and developing.
Engaging in activities and socializing with others helps the growth and development process continue while in the hospital.
Please review the information to the right for ideas on how to help children and teenagers cope with hospitalization.
Always remember, Child Life Specialists are trained in teaching children and adolescents about medical procedures and helping them cope. They are a resource for you and your family.
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