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You have the right to stay with the child in the hospital!

You have the right to stay with the child in the hospital!



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Many of us have the experience that in most hospitals they always try to get rid of parents. This is not legal!

You have the right to stay with the child in the hospital!

In the 1950s, psychologists and pediatricians have shown that hospital care has a detrimental effect on the emotional and mental state of children, which is mainly due to their separation. That is why we have begun to involve family members in the care of sick children. These changes were gradually accepted by health personnel. The EACH - European Association for Children in Hospitals - A European Organization for the Treatment of Children in Hospitals, was established and in 1988 published its recommendation, which summarizes the rights of children in hospitals.
These rights are also part of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been adopted by all European countries, including Hungary. The rights mentioned in this recommendation apply to all ill children, whether they be ill, age, disability, descent, social or cultural background, other reasons, or form of treatment.
You can see the full text of the Convention here.
You can also find a description of children's rights in Children's Book of the Sixth Foundation.

From Newborn to Grandma

Of the ten points, let me now highlight the relationship section, which, in our experience, causes the most problems in everyday practice. It is important to know that the meaning of "child" here ranges from Newborn to 18 years of age. The recommendation also applies to premature births and births.
  • It is the child's right to have his or her parents or substitute parents with him or her throughout his or her stay in the hospital.
  • Every child has the right to have his or her parents with him or her without any time limit and to be an integral part of hospital care.
  • If the parent is unable or does not intend to play an active role in the care of his or her child, then a substitute person who is adopted by the child should be provided.
  • The child has the right to be accompanied by his parents at all times. This is also valid when you really need it, and even when you might need it:

  • - Newly, regardless of whether the child is awake or not;
    - Treatments and during examinations, regardless of whether the intervention is local, anesthetic or anesthetic;
    - on introduction of anesthesia and immediately after waking;
    - in case of coma or coma;
    - In case of reinstatement (in this case the parent also needs support).

    No condition!

    Provide placement and encouragement to all parents.
  • It is the duty of the responsible staff of the child to offer to all parents that they can stay with their child without any restrictions.
  • Recognizing the parents' role at home, the staff should support the parent with suggestions and encouragement to stay with the child.
  • It is the responsibility of the hospital to provide adequate space and infrastructure to stay with the parent's ill child. This includes sleeping accommodation, fitness, dining, and personal belongings.
  • No reward!

    Parents cannot be charged with additional expenses or a reduction in their income.
  • It cannot be an extra expense for the parent if you expect to stay with the child. You are eligible for a free overnight stay, free or discounted getaway.
  • You must not materially or otherwise damage a parent who is incapable of carrying out work or home duties due to:
  • - stays with the child in the hospital;
    - translate full-time into your child's hospital care;
    - the healthy sibling is entrusting day care to another person at home.
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