Coping With Treatment & Hospital

As a parent or caregiver, you are an important member of the healthcare team. Your knowledge of what helps your child, and what may make them more anxious or distressed, is very useful information. Find out how you can help your child if they are having healthcare treatment. 

Doctor standing next to a girl in a hospital bed with her teddy

Play is how tamariki (children) make sense of the world around them. In hospital, it helps them to express their feelings and worries, understand what is happening and cope with treatment. This information is for child cancer patients in hospital but is also relevant to any child in hospital.

Your child's continuing education is important when they are in hospital or sick at home for an extended period of time.

There are a number of ways you can help your child if they are having healthcare treatment.

As a parent you know your child best. You can help staff to help your child cope with the procedure or surgery.

You will feel more at ease if you are well informed about your child's hospital visit and have support arranged for you and your whānau (family).