5 Ways to Help Children Cope During a Hospital Stay

NewYork-Presbyterian child life specialists share their top tips for comforting younger patients.

For pediatric patients, hospitals can be scary and overwhelming places.

Child life specialists, however, can help ease the transition from home to a hospital stay. These staff members are trained to use creativity and communication to prepare children for tests, procedures, or surgeries and make their hospital experience a little less daunting.

Health Matters asked some of NewYork-Presbyterian’s child life specialists to provide their best tips for helping young patients and their families cope during a hospital stay.

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