Hospital Stay Survival Tips

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This is the best way to keep kids entertained and help parents through the journey of a hospital stay.

 

Recently, my youngest son, only 4 years old needed emergency abdominal surgery to fix an intussusception. We were in the hospital for 6 days. While there, I learned some new things to promote healing and wellness and also had to come up with some creative ideas to keep a 4 year old entertained. I hope you never need to spend any time in a hospital with your children or any family member but since these things do happen I wanted to share my hospital stay survival tips.

Hospital Stay Survival Tips

Get creative with what you have – We used the wash basin as a car washing station. The pumping foam soap provided by the hospital made lots of bubbles and all the toy cars we brought from home went into the wash. This was also a way to encourage our son to get washed up too. He had to keep his incision dry and could only take a sponge bath. He was a little apprehensive about this but once he saw all the fun to be had washing cars and that is was easy he agreed to get a bath. We later used the same wash basin to grow snakes, you know the kind that grow when you soak them in water. We let them soak overnight and the next day when I needed something to entertain him we were able to check on the snakes to see how big they had grown. If you have a girl, you could always give a doll a bath or clean jewelry in the basin. And I am sure they make the grow toys in some shape that every child would enjoy.

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