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6 Ways We Can Make A Sibling’s First Hospital Visit A Success

When a child has cancer, how involved the siblings are in everything that’s going on depends on a lot of factors. When families come to Children’s from out of town, siblings might initially stay back at home with a grandparent, aunt, or uncle.

On the other hand, some local families have siblings here from the beginning. It really varies from family to family.

No matter how far away they live, sibling involvement is an important part of family-centered care, which is something we really strive for at Children’s. So, when child life specialists meet a new patient, getting to know the family structure is a key part of what we do.

We welcome brothers and sisters. Whether their visit is planned many days or only a few hours in advance, here are 6 things we can do to make your child’s brother or sister feel comfortable here.

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Christy Hogan
My background is in child development, and I use this knowledge to connect and build trust with patients and families. I’ve been a child life specialist for more than 20 years.

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