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Child Life Specialists

Child life specialists are a valuable resource for children and parents alike. These trained specialists assist children in the hospital through play and self-expressive activities. Parents also benefit from the information provided by the child life specialists regarding a variety of concerns, issues and hurdles associated with a serious pediatric illness or chronic condition.

Camps for kids

Much like most young people, children and teens suffering from serious medical conditions can oftentimes benefit from the fun and structured activities found at a camp for kids. Yet finding the right fit for your child can be difficult. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital1 can lend a hand with some helpful tips and a list of special needs camps that may be appropriate for your child.

Educational resources for parents

Educational resources will help you learn about your child's condition.

  • Kids Health: Website dedicated to children's health and development including guides to injuries, illnesses and nutrition.
  • Healthy Children: This is the parenting website for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Fussy Baby Network: Offers a variety of resources for new parents.

Pre-op Adventure tours

Surgery can be a difficult time for parents and children. Pre-op Adventure tours at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital are designed to help alleviate any fears that you, your child or other family members may have about the surgical experience. The Pre-op Adventure tour also gives you the opportunity to ask questions, interact with the staff and to visit the surgical areas prior to the day of surgery.

This fun activity helps children feel more at ease on the day of their surgery. Our knowledgeable staff is here to make the surgical experience as pleasant as possible for you and your child. The tour includes:

  • A visit to the pediatric area of the Same Day Surgery Unit
  • A video depicting a child’s same-day surgery experience
  • A chance to handle hospital equipment
  • A time for questions

Pre-op Adventures should be scheduled as soon as you know your child is having surgery. If the surgery is scheduled on short notice or if your child is under the age of 3, we will make every effort to accommodate a private adventure for your child.

To schedule a Pre-op Adventure at Central DuPage Hospital or Delnor Hospital, please call the Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital Information and Physician Referral at 630.933.4234, TTY 711.

Locations

    Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital

    Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) formed a relationship with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital to open our fifth Ronald McDonald House®, expanding hospitality and support to families of hospitalized children.

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    Perinatal and Pediatric Family Advisory Council at Central DuPage Hospital

    The Perinatal and Pediatric Family Advisory Council at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital provides insight into patient and family experiences. Our goal is to promote the highest quality of care.

    Related Resources

    1

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

    2

    The physicians who practice at the Northwestern Medicine Proton Center are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.