Ways of coping with hospitialised children?
February 2, 2007 2:51pm CST
Does anyone here have children who seem to be constantly in and out of hospital?? My youngest son is only 12 weeks old and so far has spent more than a month in hospital [3 separate occasions] and looks set to go in for his 4th soon I was just wanting to know if there are any other parents who are in the same boat - and how they cope with life in the childrens hospital wing.
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2 Feb 07
Wow - that was a quick reponse!! I'd only just refreshed the page after submitting it =) I hope that it all passes too - he doesn't have a serious illness as such but its serious enough to require the hospital ... and it's hard when they are so little and small
• United States
2 Feb 07
I know how you feel , my middle child was in the hospital so much her first year of life and it took a toll on me and my family but what I did was make sure she had things that were hers and familiar to her in the room, I didnt have money and couldnt eat so what I did was contact the Ronald Macdonald House and they fed me and gave me a room when I couldnt stay with her on NICU.All together she spent over 3 months off and on in the hospitial. My last child a son had Cleft lip and palate (Bilateral)he is 4 and just had 10th surgery. So hospitals are pretty common here, we just do what the drs say and when he was little I littlery stayed away from malls and stuff and any sick family/friends. Also I made sure they had flu shots and prevnar.Good luck ther is light at the end of the tunnel.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
15 Feb 07
Well i guess that only thing you can do is resign and be patient sassy hun. You know that if the baby has to go to the hospital is for his own good, so think that sooner or later he will feel better and he won't need to go anymore. hugssss for you.
11 Feb 07
my daughter was in the hospital for 2 months when she was born. she was born 3 monhts preemature. then when we got home, 4 days later she spent anohter few days in the hospital. i don't think i have a lot of things to help me cope. i stayed with ther for the few days she spent in the hospital after she came home. but before that i'd go visit every day when she was in the incubator at the NICU. you have to find support where you can get it. from the nurses, your family, and your friends. have someone come with you to the hospital to help keep your spirits up. and then go out for lunch with that person so they can keep your mind off of things for the first little while after you have to leave your baby at the hospital.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I've never had children in and out of hospitals but my daughter (21) got hit by a car when she was 8 while riding her bike. When the hilicoper flew her from our home town hospital to the University of Michigan Motts Childrens hospital there were many of us who didn't think we would ever see her again alive. For 9 days I lived at the children's hospital. I was blessed to have tremendous support from my family and friends. Someone stayed with me 24/7, brought me cloths, and made sure I ate. There is no way I could have coped with it all if it weren't for that support team. Today my daughter is the mother of 2 of the most beautiful children in the world! Those long days and nights at the hospital were all worth it when I look at the outcome.