How Parents Can Support Their Child Getting a Nasogastric (NG) Tube Placed

A nasogastric tube is a thin, flexible tube that enters the body through the nose and is passed down the throat until it reaches the stomach. This tube is used to provide food or medicine directly into the stomach, or it can be used to remove fluid that shouldn’t be there. People often call it a “NG tube” for short.

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Hospital Hacks for Parents + Kids || Part Two

Below are more of my favorite hospital hacks to reduce stress related to hospitalization for parents and kids. I think both lists are extremely helpful if you are preparing for a hospitalization with your child, but this one has some real game changers!

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5 Surgery Prep Tips for Toddlers that “Carry-on” to a surprising environment – the airport!

My first rotation during my child life internship was in the day surgery unit of a large free standing children's hospital. It was six weeks long and was followed by another 9 weeks in other areas of the hospital. No matter what area I was observing, learning and practicing, child life specialists were key professionals apart of the team to help ease anxiety and promote positive coping with the unfamiliar and intimidating hospital environment. 

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Remembering Spider-man's biggest fan

He was thee biggest Spider-Man fan you would ever meet. It never got old for him and I'm sure as he grew up in the hospital, battling one or multiple illnesses after another, it allowed him to preserve his innocence. To live in fantasy. To feel like other kids back in school. Or because getting a new toy provided that instant joy and distraction his body and mind needed to fight. To find his happy. Everyone deserves to feel happy.

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