Document Type



Pediatric Nursing


Play is an important part of children’s growth. It contributes to the development of physically healthy and emotionally stable children. When a child’s health is compromised and leads to hospitalization, play is used as both a distraction and recreational tool. It helps the child understand, accept, and deal with the hospitalization. It also contributes to healthy growth and development. The role of play in well children is compared to those in hospitalized children.


This paper was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for NURS 252 Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family, Spring 2008.