What do you give a little boy in the hospital?

United States
April 19, 2007 9:20pm CST
My hubby and I are going to see the little boy that had his foot cut off in the hospital this weekend, my question is what kind of things do you give a child in the hospital? I know he loves certain cartoon charactors and I thought about getting him a book or a stuffed animal but what else? Do you think it would be ok to give him and his parents some goodies to snack on? Or do you think the hospital would be against that? He's gonna be there for quite some time cause they're not sure how many surgeries they are gonna have to do.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Depending on the age I would suggest some type of coloring book & crayons or washable markers or sticker book,it would keep him occupied and still at the same time.How about a few matchbox cars, little boys love them.I wouldn't take food 'cause you don't know for sure what his diet is right now, do you?
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• United States
20 Apr 07
I'm pretty sure he can have whatever he wants between surgeries because his parents went and got him a burger today. And his next surgery won't be for a few days after we go. I know he loves trains I wonder if I could find a little train to take him or a train whistle. The nurses might kill me if I get him a train whistle though. He's about to be 4 next month.
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@Gumball (793)
• United States
20 Apr 07
If he loves trains, you could look for something with Thomas The Tank Engine. Since he's 4, that's the perfect age for Thomas. Maybe a Thomas storybook or coloring book.
@student7 (1002)
• United States
20 Apr 07
He is probably very bored and he is probably in bed. How about getting him a couple of coloring books. Maybe get him a game that he could play with the other kids in the ward. I used to work in the pediatric ward and this was just some things that people brought the kids. I hope this helps some.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Thanks.
@mickidmw (992)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Stuffed animals and balloons! Always a huge hit at the hospital! Get him the books of the cartoons he likes or jammies in the cartoons he likes. But definately balloons. If you have a dollar store tey are only a dollar and you can get MANY of them!
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• United States
20 Apr 07
He'd love the balloons but I would have to find a store near him to buy them cause with them bopping around in our back seat for 3 hours on the way down there my hubby might not be too happy with me.
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@Mamaof2 (574)
• Canada
20 Apr 07
I would get the little boy something to help make the long days in the hospital go by a little easier. Maybe a toy, an activity to keep him occupied. Does the little boy have access to a televison or video game system. If so maybe a movie or a game. Bringing the parents some goodies to snack on and stuff I think is a wonderful idea!! There are going to be times when meals are missed and such because of having to take care of their son...so having something there that they can grab when they are hungry is a great idea!
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@nancygibson (3737)
• France
20 Apr 07
I think things that will help keep him occupied would be a great idea. Puzzles, small kits that don't need anything unusual to assemble them, lego is a really good idea as the only limit is his imagination. If he enjoys reading books are always good as he can read if he can't sleep and the 'other places' in books are a great escape if you are hurt or scared.
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@AnnaB87 (761)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I think that if you first check with his parents to make sure that he has no restrictions on foods or snacks drinks etc, then a food basket would be nice (snacks and stuff like that) also the stuffed animals so long as there is no reason not too, is a nice idea, as are the books, maybe a even some small hand held games or board games, or coloring books. It would be a good idea to first ask the parents if there are any restrictions or anything they do not want him to have, that will help you some. I have spent a lot of time in hospitals at different times in my life (never for anything so serious as a lost foot) but there were many times that I would of liked to have had some sort of something, when I was a teenager in the hospital I wanted stuffed animals and books, but it did not happen. Later I wanted other things like maybe a snack basket for my older kids when I was either having surgery or another baby. Anyway, being in the hospital can be stressful for anyone, and this sounds like a very hard time for this family. So just try to think of what you would want if you were in the hospital then ask the parents if that sounds like it would be okay for them, or ask them what they may want. The reason I say that is because that I know that sometimes people have allergies or restrictions on what they can have or not have. I hope you can see him more than one time if he has too stay a long time.
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@jimbomuso (950)
20 Apr 07
you could get him some comic books of his characters, that way every time you go to see him you can bring a new issue. Somebody mentioned lego and thats a cool idea,pens and paper are always good. I think bringing snacks is also a great idea, as long as the hospital say its ok. hope the little guy gets better soon.
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@thefuture (1750)
• Nigeria
20 Apr 07
Oh no, I feel so sorry about this, but I think you give them some words of motivation too so as to keep them feeling better and to elliminate worries from their mind. You should also make sure you keep coming at least everys so that they'l be feeling loved apart from giving them physical items. Thanks and have a nice day.
• United States
20 Apr 07
Hey perhaps you can give him crayons and stuff for him to draw cartoons while he is in hospital...That also proves like a therapy for children who are in hospital...sometimes children can get really upset but dont know how to get their anger out..so crayons and paper can help the child to be in their own world...Surgery is ouch! it can hurt, therefore child needs something therapeutic to get over the pain
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• Philippines
20 Apr 07
For me, aside from snacks and goodies, a bag of sense of humor to make him laugh out loud. My intention is to let the boy feel that is always loved by his parents, family, friends, and people around him, despite of being cut off of a foot. And remember, laughter is the best medicine :)
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• United States
20 Apr 07
How sad, I will be keeping him in my thoughts and prayers that everything turns out just fine. I would take something to occupy his time. Maybe, if they have a VCR or DVD player some movies would be nice. Maybe a game that he and his parents or any friends visiting could play. My son has a hip disorder and had to have hip surgery when he was 5 and was in a total body cast for 8 weeks, he enjoyed playing video games on his nintendo. Some of the hospitals in my area have games in the childrens wards, maybe one of the games that he has been wishing for would be a good gift. tdbrower1969
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• Philippines
20 Apr 07
you should bring something that he likes and it should be something that will make him forget his present situation... it can be a toy which doesn't have any feet in it. he might compare himself to a toy with toys and will make him upset. you can also bring some goodies that he can eat and could not affect his health. i hope you bring joy with him when you get to visit him.
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
if it is possible, don't show that you are sad with his present situation and if ever, please don't cry. he might feel that he is so useless now without feet. instead, talk to him and tell him about happy thoughts. it is easier said than done but try to do it.
@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Awww, first of all I want to say I will be praying for this little boy, how sad that is. But to answer your question, well it depends on how old the little boy is. I know when my son was in the hospital to have his tonsils removed (he was 2), my mom bought his a stuffed animal which was just as big as he was and he loved it. He would sleep with it at the hospital and then after he got home from the hospital. He is 8 years old today and still has it. If the child is a little old he may enjoy action figures. Toys that he could play with while laying there in his bed, toys that are good to play with that don't require him to be up and moving around much. I think that a small basket or gift bag with some munchies/goodies is always a good idea because hospital bills are very pricey and it only adds to the financial strain having to buy all the food the parents or other family members want or need. If you are not sure how the hospital would feel about you bringing a goodie bag in, maybe you could present that to the parents outside of his room and just let them know that you wanted to be able to share it with him also but with the procedures being done you were not sure what he would be allowed to have and when. Oh and if he enjoys coloring, coloring books and crayons would be good too. Thanks for sharing this story with us and I will be praying for everyone involved in this situation.
@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Sorry, I guess I should have read all the comments before I posted my response, I now see that he is about 4 years old. Oh and one more thing, how about any movies or certain videos he may be interested in..you know things like barney..lol =)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Thank you so much for your prayers! They are much appreciated. The little boy is almost 4 years old. Maybe I can find him a cute stuffed animal. I know he loves his bear, I just hope his dad was able to grab him that before they left for the hospital. His mom was on life flight with him.
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@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
24 Apr 07
Hi there, You could maybe try and ask his parents or the hospital staff what he is allowed to eat, becuase snack baskets are neat gifts, soft toys and silver or coloured little balloon hearts on a stick, puzzle books with his favourite cartoon in it, coloured pens or crayons. Even a small bunch of flowers and a fruit basket, theres alot you can give a little boy
• United States
24 Apr 07
We went the other day to see him. He can have whatever he wants to eat and drink, which is great cause I know a lot of other parents sent there baskets with me and they had food in it. All together I took down a bunch of stuff like water colors, coloring crayons, picture album of all his friends, cars, hand held games, food andmuch more. The little boy was grouchy (which was what I expected since he's been through so much) but his parents were ever so grateful!!
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
I don't really like hearing some things like this. This broke my heart. I guess, the best that you could give right now is toys since he's still a child and would not appreciate anything else than that. And when you're there make sure to cheer him up to lift his spirits up. And don't forget to pray for him for his fast recovery.
• United States
24 Apr 07
We are definitely praying for a speedy recovery.
• United States
20 Apr 07
He loves certain cartoon characters? I would get him a book avout his favorite cartoon character and the character as a stuffed animal.I would also give him a book that can help him with math and writing homework.I wouldn't bring in food. That would be a great gift when he gets out of the hospital.
• United States
20 Apr 07
Oops I forgot. I hope everything goes well.
@harwoodkp (285)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Try making him a blanket with the cartoon character. A lot of fabric stores carry project kits that at are quick and easy to make a blanket.
• United States
20 Apr 07
I thought about that. I think he would love a blanket with his favorite cartoon charactor on it. I'm gonna be going to Walmart tonight so I will have to see if I can find the one that he really likes.
• United States
20 Apr 07
You need to tell us how old he is so we can give better ideas.
• United States
20 Apr 07
He's almost 4
@cripfemme (7714)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I was in the hospital too much as a kid. You get really bored. Books, coloring books, crayons, non-messing art stuff, comics, puzzles like word searches, and anything else he really likes is better than food or treats although those are nice too, but be sure to check with doctors and mom and dad to see if that acceptable on his treatment plan.
• United States
20 Apr 07
Sorry to hear you were in the hospital as a kid, that had to have been tough. Thanks for the great suggetions though.
@vanities (11401)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Apr 07
whats your relation with the kid? try giving some fruits and food which the family could also eat and some toys the kid likes..
• United States
20 Apr 07
He's a student in my class.