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June 4, 1999

More Than Three Million Children
Hospitalized Each Year in U.S.

SEBASTOPOL, CA -- Nobody likes to think about the possibility of his or her child having to go into the hospital. But it happens. In fact, over three million children in the U.S. are hospitalized each year. The experience can be difficult for everyone, but knowing how to prepare and what to expect can help ease that stress.

Your Child in the Hospital: A Practical Guide for Parents, 2nd edition by Nancy Keene and Rachel Prentice is indispensable for families who are planning for or suddenly faced with a child's hospitalization. Newly revised and updated, it's chock full of tips and wisdom from veteran parents that will help make a child's hospital stay a bit easier. Children tend to mimic how their parents respond in stressful situations. This book will help alleviate the emotional stress, for both parents and children, that goes along with a child's hospitalization.

A child's hospital stay can sometimes leave family members feeling vulnerable and helpless. Children are separated from siblings, friends, pets, and the familiarity of home. Your Child in the Hospital describes how to make the most of the facilities, liven up the atmosphere, and make the stay as pleasant as possible.

Whether it's for stitches, outpatient surgery or longer stays, this book contains simple, no-nonsense advice on how to make hospitalizations easier for the whole family. Topics covered include:

  • Preparing a child
  • Going to the emergency room
  • Dealing with doctors
  • Brightening the room
  • Keeping in touch with school
  • Coping with procedures
  • Getting help
  • Handling insurance claims

This second edition also includes journal pages that help children express their feelings with words or drawings.

This is the only parent guide dealing with childhood hospitalization. It provides accessible, non-threatening, practical information for parents who want to be proactive with their child's healthcare. Parents who read Your Child in the Hospital will find a useful tool to help their child, and themselves, have a positive hospital experience.

About the Authors

Nancy Keene lives in Washington State and is busy writing and raising two daughters. She has been involved with the medical world for over two decades -- both as a caregiver and a patient. She has spent years advocating for and supporting her young daughter through intensive treatment for acute leukemia. From these experiences, Nancy has developed a

personal philosophy of patient empowerment through knowledge and attitude.

Nancy is the author of two other books, Childhood Leukemia: A Guide for Families, Friends, and Caregivers and Working with Your Doctor: Getting the Healthcare You Deserve.

Rachel Prentice is a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She worked as a newspaper reporter for eight years in Washington State, New Mexico, and Rome, Italy, focusing on science, environment and government issues.

Your Child in the Hospital: A Practical Guide for Parents, 2nd Edition
by Nancy Keene & Rachel Prentice
$11.95, 160 pages, paperback
ISBN: 1-56592-573-4

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