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Patients & FamiliesWhat to Bring to the Hospital

Every stage in life presents its own set of challenges when it comes to hospitalization. As a parent, you'll want to understand as much as you can in order to help your child successfully transition through hospitalization and treatment. Here are some important things to keep in mind when preparing your child for a hospital stay at any age.


Preparing

General Information

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

General preparation information before you arrive at Avera Children's

Age-by-Age

Every stage in life presents its own set of challenges when it comes to hospitalization. As a parent, you'll want to understand as much as you can in order to help your child successfully transition through hospitalization and treatment. Here are some important things to keep in mind when preparing your child for a hospital stay-at any age!

Preparing for Hospitalization - An age-by-age guide


Pre-admission

Set up a pre-admission tour.

Learn how to set up a pre-admission tour with a Child Life Specialist


Information

Although you may plan to stay with your child throughout his hospitalization, there may be times when you must be away. These suggestions may be helpful in reducing your child's fear of being away from you.

Helpful information to know during your child's stay at Avera Children's

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