Staying in the hospital can make your life seem very different. You may not feel or act like you did before you went to the hospital. That is OK, lots of kids feel this way after coming home from the hospital. It might take a while, every kid is different, but you will start to feel better in time.
Everybody is different, each kid has a different experience after leaving the hospital. Most kids feel normal after being home from the hospital for a while. Sometimes kids need a little help from parents and doctors to feel better when they are home.
After being sick you might feel:
• Not able to sleep
• Jealous of your brothers and sisters
• Want to hug their parents more
• Sleep different than before
Some kids have bad dreams about being in the hospital. Some kids don’t want to talk about the hospital. If you are scared about the way that you feel, talk to an adult. Like your mom, dad, grandparent, teacher, friend, or whoever makes you happy. Talking about your feelings might make you feel better and help things be OK again.
Staying in the hospital for a long time can also change your body. Many kids notice changes in their muscles.
Your muscles and body might feel:
• Numb (Can't feel them)
The changes depend on what type of sickness caused you to go to the hospital and the types of tests that were done. These changes usually get better over time and eventually go away.
Remember: It's OK!
Ways to help yourself feel better:
The information provided on this website is not meant to diagnose or treat any mental or physical health condition. You should always consult your child’s pediatrician to develop the best care plan for your child. If you feel that your child or anyone in your family is having trouble coping after a critical illness contact your doctor right away.