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  • Going to hospital - Surgical Preparation book for children

    Going to hospitalTM

    This interactive CD-ROM game is for children aged 7-11 years of age who are having surgery. It teaches children about going to hospital and what happens when they have an operation. There are fun activities to do, lots of information for parents/guardians and five coping skills that teach the child how to relax and deal with fears about being in hospital. There is an accompanying activity book which helps children to practice these coping skills both at home and in hospital.

    How do I get a free copy for my child?


    Pick up a free copy at the Royal Children's Hospital at the following locations:


    • Child Health and Safety Centre, Ground floor - Gift Shop
    • Pre-Admission Resource Centre, Ground Floor, Specialist Clinics Zone A6

    If you have any questions about this book, please email or call 03 9345 7933



    Features and activities            GTH CD cover

    Topics/activities covered include: 

    •  Calm Breathing
    •  Mind Pictures
    •  What should I pack?
    •  Having my observations taken
    •  What does theatre look like?
    •  Busy brainwaves
    •  People I have met
    •  How I managed pain
    •  Photo board
    •  Going home


    • A feature of the booklet is Zoobie", a special friend to help guide the patient through the various activities to be completed, prior to and during their stay in hospital.
    • The CD game shows what happens when the child  has an operation
    • Information for parents
    • Exercises that teaches the child  how to cope with difficult situations
    • Fun activities to do while in hospital
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    Coping Activities for toddlers/children/ adolescents

    Toddlers and pre school breathing and relaxation activities

    • practice with the toddler or young child to blow bubbles or windmill
    • for pre school/school age child may pretend to "blow candles" out of an imaginary cake. Ask the child questions about the type of cake, theme on the cake, number of candles etc.
    • or coach the child to take big belly breathes, ask the child to place their hand on belly and breathe in slowly and out making the sound SHHH.

    Five Coping Activities for children ages 7-11 years TM    


    The five coping strategies are designed to assist children to deal with anxiety producing situations such as tests and procedures.The right preparation can make the experience more positive and rewarding.


    LInks for children: websites

     The links have children's programs in the areas of preparing for surgery, anaesthesia, IV, blood work and medical imaging. Medical words, staff and equipment differ between countries, please be aware of this when your child and you visit some of the links.

    Making Pain " Go Away"

    Making The Hurt Go Away

    A booklet that has been written to help children and their parents understand how any pain experience may be managed while they are in hospital.
    The booklet is designed in such a way that children can personalize it by drawing how they feel and documenting things such as the words they use for pain, as well as colouring in pictures within the book.making-the-hurt-go-book

    Written by:
    Kate Brereton a Nurse Consultant who has worked extensively in pain management and Leanne Hallowell an Educational Play Therapist with extensive paediatric and early childhood experience.
    Illustrated by:
    Darren Pickering

    For further information or to place an order please visit RCH Shop Online

    There are many reasons that children need operations

    'There are many reasons why kids need operations

    "There are many reasons why kids need operations"
    a story book which helps kids understand what to expect when they come to hospital for an operation.

    This book is available to be purchased at the Royal Children's Hospital at Child Health and Safety Centre, Main floor, Front Entry Building.

    Pain, Pain Go Away: Helping Children with Pain

    The booklet gives information about pain in children, how to recognise pain and what to do. It contains suggestions about things that help children with pain and how to prevent  distress and fear.

    A Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Children's Pain Management Service at Royal Children's Hospital, together with three Pain Specialists from Canada have written the booklet for parents and health professionals about children's pain.

    Pain go away

    The booklets and posters are available for RCH families at the Resource Centre for Child Health and Safety (CHAS) on the first floor at Royal Children's or Family Resource Centre first floor.

    Health care  professionals, teachers or therapist may purchase a copy by:

    Telephone (03) 9345 6429  fax (03) 9345 6120