Children may show changes in their behavior after being in the hospital. These may include:
• Sleep disturbances (such as having nightmares, sleeping a lot or having trouble falling asleep)
• Change in eating patterns
• Returning to past behaviors (thumb-sucking, temper tantrums, using a soother, toileting accidents)
• Fear of being away from you
• Want or need more attention or time; be demanding or cranky
These reactions are normal however it is important to help your child work through them. Encourage your child to talk about surgery and being in the hospital, be patient and understanding, return to your child’s normal routine and help your child express feelings through play activities like painting, drawing, and playing doctor or nurse.