Thursday, 5 June 2014

Monkey Wellbeing Resources

I think this range of leaflets; booklets and activity sets themed around the likeable Monkey character are well thought out and a really useful tool in explaining different procedures in hospital.

Obviously going into hospital for the first time is very daunting; children do not know what to expect, they might be nervous and you do not want to add any extra stress with them already feeling unwell.  The storybooks are written in an approachable way, lots of lovely pictures and facts about a hospital stay but with gentle kind nurses helping and mentioning things you will enjoy about your visit there (like the hospital playroom full of toys, mummy or daddy staying with you and a play specialist to bring entertainment to your bed whilst you rest).

The books mention things like there will be lots of tubes and screens in the ward and the machines might make funny noises.  I think seeing the pictures prior to their visit will help them adjust to an environment quite different from being at home in their own room.  Having some understanding of the sights and sounds, the people they will meet, the procedures they will have will make them feel more confident on their arrival at hospital.

The entire series provides lots of reassurance; my eldest son was very interested in the entire collection.  He wanted to read all the books and absorb all the new information in one sitting.  He is asthmatic so it was particularly useful to have the Monkey has an Asthma Attack storybook for reference.  Currently his asthma is well managed on the whole, but I do occasionally find it difficult to convince him to take his medication.  I have a feeling he will make less of a fuss after seeing Monkey having more difficulty breathing because he himself sometimes forgot to take his brown puffer inhaler.

Prevention is better than cure and the booklets also focus on the positive steps you can take to stay healthy.  Using sun screen, getting plenty of sleep, eating a balanced diet, drinking lots of water and wearing a helmet when your on your bike.  All in all I think these materials are first rate and ideal for anyone preparing their children for hospital treatment.

You can find out more information from the Monkey Wellbeing website.

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