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dd (2y) has to be admitted in two weeks for her first IVIG treatment- they need to monitor her in the hospital just in case she has a reaction. the actual infusion will take 5-6 hours, and overall we will probably be there for 10-12 hours (hopefully less). if this goes well we will be able to get the treatments in an infusion center, and once we know her dosage for sure, we will move to in-home subcutaneous infusions.<br><br>
any tips on how to keep her happy and occupied while she is hooked up to the IV? i am assuming it will be a portable pump, so i will be able to walk her around a bit (although she will not be able to walk herself). also, since it is a peds ward i am hoping they will have a tv, maybe? i have little portable dvd player i can bring.<br><br>
dd seriously hates blood draws; they are the worst thing ever for her. but i am hoping once the IV catheter is in and taped up, she will be fine. IME IV's are less traumatic than a blood draw. so i am hopeful this will go well.
 

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i hope everything goes really well. i'm sure it's stressful to even consider taking a toddler to the hospital. i used to work as a nurse in peds, and the first thing i'd check into is if the hospital has a "chilld life" program. basically, child life is a group of people who come "play" with kids while they're in the hospital, and often have a room on the unit with toys, books, etc. if not, i would bring her favorite books, stickers (my dd's favorite), dvds or music she likes, snacks she likes, her pillow or blanket, and comfy clothes. hopefully she'll be able to leave her room after the initial watch-and-see period, and if so, they can make her iv tubing really long, so she'll have enough room to move around a bit more.<br>
and although this seems like maybe a given, i'd look into finding a few books from the library that talk about going to the hospital. prepping her a bit (optimistically) is really important - not going into every little detail, but depending on her comprehension level, talking about going to stay in a special building where lots of other kids go, getting some medicine, etc. also,you could ask her how she'd like to celebrate when it's over - what special thing you guys could do because she was so brave.<br>
best of luck with the whole thing! i used to give ivig (to adults), and the majority did really well. many were given benadryl as a premedication (to prevent reactions), so they just slept through the whole thing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">.<br>
you're a great mama for trying to have a good plan going into the whole thing!
 

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Our children's hospital does have child life. They also had a play room on each unit with toys--you could also take the toys back to the room. The rooms had TV's with DVD players. But I would call ahead and find out if she'll be in a room and what will be available and then you'll know what to expect.<br><br>
IV's were really hard here. Andrew is a hard stick for blood draws and he's a hard stick for IV's. I mention it only because if there is an issue getting the IV in my experience pediatric ER nurses and PICU nurses are the best with IV's. Go to one of those if the first person doesn't get it. Hopefully it won't be an issue though. You could also ask about using a numbing cream beforehand. If they can I think that would be really good since I assume she'll likely have multiple treatments. If it isn't traumatic/painful hopefully she'll be relaxed for the next time.
 

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You have gotten really good advice so I don't have much else to offer other than child life has been great for us. Our hospital also has wagons - ideal for pulling dd and an IV pole.
 
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