A child’s needs in the hospital are similar to those at home. He or she needs to feel secure, comforted, and accepted and to be able to engage in age-appropriate activities. These needs are often magnified by the stress of illness and hospitalization. Recognizing that being hospitalized can be frightening to children, the Uday Foundation’s Smile program creates an environment to help ease children’s fears and provide the important emotional and psychosocial care to make the hospital experience as manageable as possible for both the child and the family.
Being a child or family in the hospital is stressful, and it can often be difficult to cope with a particular procedure, diagnosis, or just with the hospital environment in general. This may be due to the loss of control, a fear of the unknown or of dealing with painful events.
The Uday Foundation’s Smile volunteer use a variety of techniques to assist with coping by increasing the child’s and family’s sense of control. Sometimes, something as simple as blowing bubbles or having a favorite toy helps make the hospital a little less scary and the procedure a little bit easier.
All of our Smile volunteer are trained to bring smile to the Children along with information and resources involving infant growth and development, feeding, bathing, illness and safety. Please Contact us for more details.