Whether you are there for a test, an emergency or for a longer stay, a trip to the hospital can be a stressful event for everyone involved. For kids who may be intentionally trying to get to the hospital to get more food or food that's different from their typical menu, it is important to make arrangements to bring in your own food. Bringing food from home for each meal and snack will eliminate the secondary gain of food acquisition during a hospital stay. If your child requires a test that calls for meals to be skipped, assure them that they will get their lost calories once the test is over. This will help to alleviate stress associated with missed meals. Insist that your medical staff become familiar with the medical alert materials from PWSAUSA , even if it means that you need to read the most pertinent information to them to be sure that they have heard the most critical parts.
Children typically react negatively to a trip to the hospital because they fear that they will miss something that they would normally get if they were home. Assuring your child that once back at home they will return to their typical routine will help to get them through the temporary change.
Hospital visits can be stressful but remembering to keep their routine as close to normal as possible, keeping your stress and fear hidden from them and always reaching out for support if you feel that your medical staff is not fully educated on PWS will help make the visit go a little smoother.