How can I help my teenager cope with hospitalization?

To help your teenager cope with hospitalization, try the following:
  • respect and maintain privacy
  • involve your teenager in self care
  • allow peers to visit
  • communicate honestly
  • discuss potential psychological and physical changes
  • address potential long term issues
  • provide opportunity for open discussion and guidance
  • help your teenager keep up with school work
This content originally appeared on the Alliance for Kids website.

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