Dell Children’s understands that teenagers have unique health care needs. Adolescence is often a stressful developmental period filled with major changes in physical and emotional maturity. Teenagers often feel out of place in a children’s hospital: too old for the kid-friendly themes but not quite old enough to be in an adult hospital. That’s why this section is Just for Teens. It is designed to help teenagers adjust to and cope with hospitalization and illness, to provide educational resources to help you understand your health and emotions, and to connect you with support groups and other teenagers who understand what it is like to be a teenager in the hospital and/or with a chronic health condition.

Things to Bring With You For Your Hospital Stay

  • comfortable clothes/pajamas, socks/slippers, and underwear
  • toiletries- these are provided but you are welcome to bring your own toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc
  • music- MP3 player/iPod or CDs (CD player in most rooms)
  • laptop- rooms have wireless and ethernet connections
  • movies- TV and VCR in every room
  • books, magazines, puzzle books
  • game system (they can be connected to the television in your room) and games
  • other games or activities
  • phone numbers of friends and family (free local calls in the rooms)
  • homework
  • pictures of family and friends to hang in your room

Tips to Help You While You Are in the Hospital

  • Ask Questions- The more questions you ask, the better you will understand your body and what is happening. Ask your doctors and nurses about your diagnosis, treatments, and procedures. Ask them to explain this information in a way you can understand.
  • Tell Your Doctors and Nurses How You Feel- Let your health care team know how you feel and if you are uncomfortable in any way, they are here to help you.
  • Relax- Whether it’s reading, drawing, writing, listening to music, or talking, everyone needs a way to relieve stress. Find your own way to de-stress and do it daily.
  • Visit the Teen Room- This activity room is just for teens. It has computers with internet, a foosball table, music, a television and DVD player, the latest game systems, and several fun games and activities. You can connect with other teens, make new friends, and spend some time out of your hospital room.

Invite Your Friends to Visit if You’re Feeling Up To It- Your friends may not realize they can visit you in the hospital. Play games, watch a movie, or just hang out. It will lift your spirits and let your friends see that you are okay.