Allowing visitors when your child is hospitalized

Kathryn Elison, MSW Clinical Social Worker, shares advice for parents with a hospitalized child on how to be mindful of your child when allowing visitors to see him or her
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Allowing visitors when your child is hospitalized

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Planning for visitors during your child's hospitalization can be a very confusing time. You first want to check with your hospital to see if they have a specific visitation policy in place, so that you can abide by those rules. You also, if possible, want to involve your child in this process and ask them if they have one special friend they'd like to visit them while they're here. Often times children don't want too many visitors other than family because they feel that they don't look the way they would at home, or they're unable to do things that they did previously before the hospital. So just be mindful of the physical limitations of your child during their hospitalization and who they want to provide comfort to them during this really stressful time.

Kathryn Elison, MSW Clinical Social Worker, shares advice for parents with a hospitalized child on how to be mindful of your child when allowing visitors to see him or her

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Kathryn Elison, MSW

Clinical Social Worker, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Kathryn Elison is a Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was drawn to her profession because of her passion to provide support to families experiencing a medical crisis. Kathryn accompanies her patients and their families during one of the most stressful journeys of their lives, helping them navigate through this challenge and supporting them each step of the way. A native of North Carolina, Kathryn moved to Los Angeles, CA after receiving a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys exploring her new home state of California with her husband Jed and her dog Sallie.

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