Keene, Nancy. Your Child in the Hospital: A Practical Guide for Parents, 3rd ed. Sebastopol, California: O'Reilly & Associates, 2002. A pocket guide full of parent stories to help parents prepare their child physically and emotionally for hospitalizations. Also available in Spanish.

Kellerman, Johnathan. Helping the Fearful Child. New York: WW Norton, 1981. Although this book was written as a guide for everyday and problem anxieties, it is full of excellent advice for parents of children undergoing traumatic procedures. Chapters 7, "Going to the Doctor," and 8, "Coping with Hospitalization," are full of real-life examples and effective methods to help children. This book is out of print, but may be available in your local library.

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