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What should I expect from my child after a hospital stay?

After the hospital experience is over, you may find that your child is fussy or ill behaved, has nightmares, cries, throws tantrums, refuses to eat, becomes withdrawn, or even starts sucking his thumb or wetting the bed. This is normal; it’s a reaction to the stress. Highly stressed parents have been known to exhibit similar behaviors. Most kids who are loved and well cared for will get past these issues soon, but tell your pediatrician if these symptoms linger. Hospital social workers and child life specialists can help, too.

From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

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