Preparing Your Child for a Hospital Visit

Preparing a child or teen for a hospital experiences is essential. It will help to reduce their fear of the unknown as well as promote important coping skills that will be needed for the experience. In addition, it will support long term adjustment in the event of future hospital experiences. 

The Child Life Department at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh strives to support these goals in age and developmentally appropriate ways. Please contact their office at 412-692-6366 for more information or to speak with a child life specialist.

Surgery Preparation Tour

The Child Life department offers weekly preparation tours for children, adolescents and their families.

To register for a tour, call the tour line at 412-692-6366.

Download the Surgery Preparation Tour Brochure (PDF)

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