Preparing for the hospital stay
Children coming to the hospital usually have many questions and concerns, even if they do not know how to express them. Before your child comes to the hospital, give them as much honest information about their condition as you think they can understand.
Encourage your child to trust the medical staff. It is important that children believe that we are all on the same team. If your child is very anxious you may wish to speak to a counselor. Your transplant team wants your family to be successful, so don’t be afraid to ask them for help or for a referral to someone who might be able to provide extra support to your family.
Some transplant programs include checks for stress, depression, and anxiety in the overall transplant assessment and routinely have older children needing a transplant, meet a psychiatrist or doctor in adolescent medicine.