January 2, 2016
Tip for Parents of a Hospitalized Child –
Stay away from that dangling necktie! Recent guidelines suggest that doctors should not wear a swinging tie, long sleeved shirts, rings, watches, or lab coats because those items collect and spread germs. Parents can ask hospital staff members to wash that grimy stethoscope and tuck that tie away so that germs aren’t spread to their child. (“Healthcare Personnel Attire in Non-Operating-Room Settings” Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, February 2014)
Our Newest Book
Speaking of hospitalized children, have you seen our new book––Your Child in the Hospital? It’s for kids hospitalized for any reason and is full of tips and suggestions to make the experience easier. Library Journal said this about it: “This dandy, pocket-sized book is packed with sensible tips for preparing children (and their parents) for outpatient, short-stay, or long-term hospitalization.” More info at the book’s website: www.yourchildinthehospital.org.
A Great Organization
We are huge fans of Peach’s Neet Feet. The folks who volunteer for this organization bring joy into the lives of children who have chronic illnesses and/or disabilities. They paint and distribute personalized shoes, organize and send care packages, and provide outreach parties to communities all over the United States. More info at www.peachsneetfeet.com.
Tip for Survivors
Survivors of childhood cancer need great follow-up care to stay healthy the rest of their lives. The first step is to make sure you have a summary of your treatment. At the end of treatment, your hospital should have given you a summary of your treatment. If they didn’t, you can ask them to fill out the treatment summary found on the Childhood Cancer Guides site. Give a copy to each of your healthcare providers.