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How can I help my infant cope with hospitalization?

You can help your infant cope with hospitalization by being prepared. Infants can sense if you are stressed or anxious, so the more prepared you are the more relaxed you will be around your baby. It is important to keep your baby’s routines and environment as normal as possible. Bring your baby’s favorite comfort items like a blanket, toy or pacifier. It may also be helpful to bring a familiar bottle for after surgery. Also, understand that babies get fussy in new and uncomfortable situations, so be prepared to distract and comfort your baby.

To help your infant cope with hospitalization, try the following:
  • Participate in your baby's care.
  • Have contact with your baby. Ask a hospital staff member to show you how to hold your baby with equipment.
  • Use comfort positioning during procedures (not restraining).
  • Avoid hunger and maintain a warm room temperature.
  • Decrease the number of caregivers.
  • Use a sound soother or mobile.
  • Use comfort items like a blanket and favorite toys.
This content originally appeared on the Alliance for Kids website.

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