Psychiatry Inpatient Service
Effects on your child
Once you arrive at Bader 5 at Boston Children's Hospital, it is important to find ways to make the transition and your child's stay as easy as possible. It's normal for a child to show different feelings once they are in the hospital and to act differently from how they act at home.
Your child's response to the hospital will depend a lot on their age and development. Your child's treatment team can help you support your child in making the transition onto the unit.
Effects on your family
The experience of having your child admitted for a psychiatric hospitalization can put strain on all family members. There are time demands that can affect parents' work situations, personal relationships and siblings. There is also the dilemma of deciding how to talk about a psychiatric illness and fears of how people will respond.
Many parents find that having a child hospitalized is overwhelming at first but gradually they find ways to cope while supporting themselves and their family. It can be helpful to acknowledge the stress of the hospitalization and try to plan ways to cope.