Chapter 2: Preparing children to enter the ICU
Explaining the impact of the illness or injury
Use clear language to explain how the illness or injury is affecting the person physically, cognitively and behaviourally. If the illness or injury is affecting the person’s thoughts and behaviours, let the child know this.
“Your aunt has an illness and it’s causing her body to not work properly”.
“Your grandfather hit his head very hard when he fell, and it hurt his brain. Since our brains control our body’s movements, he is having trouble talking and moving his body the way he wants to. He may not be able to show that he hears or recognizes you, but it will still be comforting for him to have you there”.