There’s nothing more heartbreaking than seeing your little one bundled up in a hospital bed. Trying to keep a sick, tired and bored little person happy and entertained (especially if they’re bed-bound) can be exhausting and virtually impossible!
Here’s a few ideas to make their stay in hospital as comfortable as possible:
Keep them as simple and as quiet as possible. Things like a portable DVD player or Nintendo DSi (with headphones) can be a fantastic distraction, as can an Etcha Sketch, jigsaw puzzles, basic board games or sticker books. You could also check out a selection of books from your local library. Another great distraction and a way to make their hospital experience fun and a little less daunting is to give your child a doctor (or nurse) dress up outfit and accessories.
2. A novelty box of tissues
There are many varieties out at the moment aimed at children including elephants, giraffes etc.
3. A special blanket or doona from home
Nothing can comfort a child quite like a hug from mum, but the next best thing would have to be a special blanket or doona from home (and if it smells like mum, then all the better!). If your child has a special teddy or two, be sure to take them along as well.
4. Photo frame of family, or small photo album
No matter how long your child’s stay in hospital is for, they’ll surely be missing their parents, siblings, grandparents etc. It’s a great idea to place a couple of framed photos around their room, or even make up a small photo album with a selection of photos of their family and friends for them to flick through when they’re feeling down.
5. Easy/no mess craft projects
And I can’t stress the ‘no mess’ aspect enough! Think things like colouring books, stickers, connect the dots and origami.