Children In The Hospital

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Children In The Hospital
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Children in the hospital

Even many adults get a queasy feeling when entering a hospital. Hospitalization is much more difficult for children: The new environment makes them insecure, the food tastes different than at home, there are new faces in bed every day, and sometimes unpleasant examinations and therapies are on the program. In addition, the language used by doctors is sometimes difficult for children to understand. During this time, support can be provided primarily by the parents who - if possible - should stay with their sick child around the clock.

Many hospitals offer extra beds that can be pushed next to the hospital bed. Some hospitals have mother-and-child rooms. These offers can be chargeable.


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Prepare children for their stay

Anyone who can prepare their child for the hospital stay should make use of this time: There are a large number of children's books on the subject, and a children's medical kit also helps with the preparation and can alleviate fear. Some hospitals keep holding action days on which (healthy) children and young people can experience everyday life in the hospital. The aim is to take away the children's fear of a possible stay. No matter how well you prepare your child for hospital, you have to be prepared for the fact that, despite everything, your child may react aggressively or fearfully when it comes to the hospital.

It is important to take the child seriously. He should always know what is happening to him and that the time in the hospital is necessary to get well. Doctors and parents should never "juggle" over the child's head with words that they do not understand.

If you have the option, you should have your child treated in a children's clinic or ward instead of an adult ward. In addition to specialized medicine and staff who are well versed in dealing with children, these stations offer further advantages: They are equipped for children, for example with children's furniture, brightly colored wall paints or murals. In addition, they are regularly visited by clowns (Red Nose Clowns, CliniClowns, Clown Doctors), which contributes significantly to cheering up the little patients.

Charter for Children in Hospital

In the 1980s, the European Association for Children in Hospital (EACH) adopted the European Charter on the Rights of Children in Hospitals. It applies to children and young people between the ages of 0 and 18. The ten points of the charter are intended to make parents and children aware of their rights.

  • Children should only be admitted to hospital if the necessary medical treatment cannot just as easily be given at home or in a day clinic.
  • Children in hospital have the right to have their parents or another caregiver with them at all times.
  • When a child is admitted to hospital, all parents should be offered admission. They should be supported and encouraged to stay. The parents should not incur any additional costs or loss of income from this. In order to be able to take part in the care of their child, parents should be informed about basic care and everyday ward life. Your active participation in it should be supported.
  • Children and parents have the right to be informed appropriately according to their age and understanding. Measures should be taken to alleviate physical and mental stress.
  • Children and parents have the right to be involved in all decisions that affect their health care. Every child should be protected from unnecessary medical treatments and examinations.
  • Children should be cared for together with children who have similar developmental needs. Children should not be admitted to adult wards. There should be no lower age limit for the little visitors of children in the hospital.
  • Children have the right to an environment that is appropriate to their age and condition and that gives them extensive opportunities for play, recreation and schooling. The environment should be designed for children, furnished and equipped with personnel who meet the needs of children.
  • Children should be looked after by staff who, through training and empathy, are capable of responding to the physical, emotional and developmental needs of children and their families.
  • A team should ensure continuity in the care of sick children.
  • Children should be treated with tact and understanding, and their privacy should be respected at all times.

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