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Avera Children's Hospital

1325 S. Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
605-322-KIDS or 888-315-3666

Help Your Child Prepare for Hospitalization

The information below may help you prepare your child for his or her visit to Avera Children's Hospital.

  • You are the best person to care for, comfort and reassure your child. Tell the staff the extent to which you want to be involved in your child's care.
  • Explain to your child the reason for hospitalization using simple language.
  • Be honest with your child before and during their hospitalization. If you do not know if a procedure will hurt, ask the doctor for more information.
  • Reassure your child that the hospitalization is not punishment for bad behavior.
  • Make packing the child's hospital bag a special activity. Ask your child what she thinks she will need. Allow your child to choose a few special toys, video games or a stuffed animal. Label all of these with your child's name.
  • Plan a special event or activity that the whole family can enjoy when your child returns home.

Pre-admission tours are a great way to familiarize your child with our staff and facilities before hospitalization, and are available for children age 3-11. For further information, or to set up a tour, call the hospital and ask for the Child Life Specialist, 605-322-3600.

Classes & Education

We offer a wide range of parent and family education classes including topics like temperament, positive discipline and potty training.

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