We’ve compiled a list of 21 Helpful Items for parents and carers of a child in hospital. Parents and carers often aren’t thinking about themselves when they are caring for a child in hospital. It makes a world of difference when someone is looking out for them.
Taking them a few small items can not only be helpful, it can also really brighten their day. It lets them know there is life outside the hospital, and that they are being thought of and cared about too.
- Lip Balm! They are in an air-conditioned environment pretty much 24/7, lips tend to dry out
- Hand lotion. Try and choose something with as few nasties as possible
- A sealable, reusable coffee cup
- A calming and relaxing tea
- Healthy snacks, like fresh fruit or homemade muffins
- An unhealthy snack! Chocolate, sometimes a sugar hit is appreciated
- Books or Magazines
- Internet data for their phone, tablet or laptop
- A mindfulness colouring book and pencils
- Some slippers or socks, wash them beforehand if you are sure of the size
- A blanket or quilt, these items can help make the artificial, unhomely environment they are in, more comfortable
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Pens, paper and a notebook
- A sleep mask
- A nice pack of travel toiletries; shampoo, deodorant, moisturiser etc
- Soft, quality tissues
- A voucher for online music, movies, games etc Distractions are always welcome
- A puzzle book
- A voucher for a nearby restaurant, or for a massage, haircut, or shave, and an offer to stay with their child while they use it
- Something just for them that would make them smile
- A home cooked meal, there’s nothing like it
It’s always nice to give a surprise, however if possible, check beforehand if there are any items in particular they are in need of, or perhaps, have too many of.
Please note: We don’t recommend giving candles or nail polish. Although these might seem like lovely gifts, an open flame is not usually allowed in a hospital room, and nail polishes (or other strongly scented items) are not ideal for enclosed spaces where there are other families to consider. If you are looking for more ways to help, check out our list of five ways to help family and friends caring for a child in hospital.