Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232


(615) 936-1000

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Your Child's Visit
 

Boy awaiting surgeryPrepare yourself first

Visits to hospitals, clinics, or emergency departments can be a stressful time for children and families. Before you prepare your child for the visit, take care of yourself. It is natural to feel afraid, worried, helpless, or angry. It is important to express your feelings in a healthy way. Your attitude towards this experience will affect your child's attitude. Knowing what you are worried about, and talking about your feelings and concerns with friends or relatives will help you take care of your child.

To prepare yourself and your child, ask your doctor or other health care staff questions so you and your child will know what to expect. If there is anything you don't understand, ask your doctor to explain it again in simpler words. If you need help explaining the health care experience to your child, ask to speak with a child life specialist.  


Two young patients guide you through a hospital stay


Last Edited: May 22, 2014