A children’s hospital is a type of specialized hospital offering dedicated care and medical treatment to kids. The conditions that are offered treatment for include:

  • Infectious diseases relating to the blood, kidneys, and lungs.
  • Respiratory problems such as croup and pneumonia.
  • Chronic illness issues such as asthma and diabetes.
  • Common pediatric ailments such as dehydration and influenza.
  • Recovery from surgeries or injuries.
  • Newborn care.

The hospital’s doctors, nurses and other medical staff are trained in pediatrics, a medicine division dealing with care of children, adolescents and infants. As a result, they’re much adept at understanding and handling a child’s emotional, physical and social requirements.

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The staff helps parents understand their children’s ailments and the associated medical jargon. Some training and practice is also offered to parents so that they can offer similar medical care when at home after leaving the hospital. In case of a serious medical problem requiring the child to skip school for a considerable time period, the hospital will work together with the school to help the kid navigate through his/her academic duties.

Facilities and Infrastructure

Most children’s hospital offer specialized care under the same roof, which includes treating brain and spinal cord injuries, autism, pediatric dental care, etc. These hospitals use scaled-down medical equipment (bandages, surgical instruments, chairs and beds) so that children don’t get intimidated by the set-up and overall ambience. The wards and atmosphere within a children’s hospital are cheerful and bright, with toys and other entertainment options (TV and also video games) placed wherever possible. Some hospitals also offer music therapy to help ease children’s hospital-stay anxiety.

The patient care room generally has expanded capacity to accommodate parents/guardians staying with the kids. Some hospitals offer suite rooms to house multiple family members of the child. Since adult care is much more complicated and adults are likelier to experience more health issues than kids, most places have more number of regular hospitals than children’s hospitals.