Monkey Well Being

I have 3 children. All of them born via C section. So I know only too well the fear of going into hospital for an operation. I’m older so can cope with the jabs and the blood tests. But what about a child, what if one of my children had to go into hospital. How would I prepare them for it?

Jordanna has been in hospital a few times. She got knocked over when she was 2, then had her fingertip amputated by a safety door aged just 3. For her finger she had to then endure numerous follow up visits and re bandaging, all of which very painful. I wish I’d had something to prepare her for it or make her feel slightly more at ease.

Monkey Well Being have a selection of books and packs designed for children who are facing operations or need to spend time in hospital.
This is their activity pack.

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It contains a selection of books, including an activity book with puzzles and some short story books. The books feature a character known as Monkey. Monkey is in fact a puppet who also came with my pack. Monkey can be put on a parents hand whilst reading the books to a child. Young children will enjoy the puppet monkey interaction with the stories.

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The Monkey Well being series is created by “Mum on a mission” Helen Sadler. The idea came about when her own child had to go into hospital at the young age of 18 months. Helen was unable to find any relevant books to help her child through the hospital experience so decided to create her own. Her storybook “Monkey goes to hospital” was born. Then came two more books “Monkey has an Operation” and “Monkey has a blood test”. All the books feature the loveable monkey puppet and show monkey in hospital as he too prepares for operations and blood tests. The aim is too prepare children and hopefully make them a little less anxious.

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Helens full story can be read on the Monkey Well Being site or following this link. There are lots of other monkey books available too such as “Monkey has a hearing test”.

Sticker packs can also be purchased along with the monkey puppet and everything is available through the website
Schools and other youth organisations can even get whole packs including lesson plans to help children cope with going to hospital.

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5 Comments

  1. Alison Johnson
    July 16, 2014 / 13:52

    Although my son was older, 9 years old, he had to go into hospital & was very scared. He was misdiagnosed by 2 different doctors who said he had a urine infection when in fact he had an appedicitis. By the time they got it right his appendix had burst & we were told after a 4 hour operation that he was 15 minutes from dying. They had planned to transfer him to another hospital & he’d have died in the ambulance. He was discharged after a week but had to go back a week later as they had not removed all the poison & his abdomen got infected again, they opened him up in a side room using gas & air & forceps. When your child is in pain & a strange environment as a parent you know what the doctors need to do to try to help your child but it is almost impossible to explain to them that the pain & discomfort they are going through (& you are standing by letting the doctors/nurses inflict on them) is necessary. This pack looks fantastic & as a parent who went through this I think it’s a necessity.

  2. July 16, 2014 / 21:17

    I could of done with this years ago when both my girls had open heart surgery!
    It sounds and looks like a great pack! Very helpful x

    • July 16, 2014 / 21:45

      Omg Kim. Both of them had open heart surgery?
      I can only imagine how scared you all must of been x

  3. July 21, 2014 / 21:25

    Love this, we all adore stickers here! Breaks my heart when kids need ops-my eldest had grommets at 18 months which was harder for me than him I think x

    • July 21, 2014 / 21:27

      I had grommets as a child, tho I was a little older. I think I was 6/7 and remember being very scared

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