Child: Recovery from Hospitalization

Recovering emotionally from the hospital stay means that your child will need to relive what has happened to him. For older children, reliving is done by talking about the hospital. Younger children want to play out their experiences using various toys and medical play kits. You may help your child by talking and playing with him.

The following chart outlines some additional phases your child may experience.

Discharge From Hospital
Childs' Interaction Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3
Self Quiet play at home

Phone calls from friends 
Non-strenuous play outside

Seeking out friends for play

Getting back to chores with help from siblings
Regular play and activities

Not relying on siblings for help with household chores
Parents Clinging to parents/familiar surroundings

Disrupted sleeping and eating schedules

Temporary loss of independent behavior/skills
Needing to periodically “touch base” with parents

Expecting continuation of extra privileges/gifts
Normal interaction with parents

Return to normal “rules” and independent behavior/skills
Friends/Relatives  Visits/presents from special relatives

Phone calls from other relatives
Short visits of friends at child’s home

Easy trips to relative’s home
Resume regular visits

Staying away from home overnight
Jobs/Community  Some school work at home

No school attendance

Part-time attendance

Full-time attendance