Wellness and Education

Wellness and Education

Penn State Children’s Hospital offers classes, resources, and other educational opportunities to help patients and their families cope with an illness and learn how to be healthy.

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Classes offered can help you to learn important health skills in a variety of different areas.

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At Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, we have a number of classes to help you to learn important health skills in a variety of different areas.

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Parent and caregiver resources

For new parents

  • Our Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program often results from a parent or caregiver shaking a baby because the baby would not stop crying. When a baby is born, we want to help parents and caregivers to learn how to cope with a crying baby. Learn more about the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program.
  • Our Breastfeeding Program gives expectant mothers and new parents the information and support to achieve a fulfilling breastfeeding experience. Certified lactation consultants teach breastfeeding classes, offer one-on-one assistance and counseling and provide telephone support and outpatient visits. Retail products and an electric breast pump rental program are available. Learn more about our Breastfeeding Program or call the Breastfeeding Resource Line at 717-531-3754.

Child health and safety

Our Pediatric Injury Prevention Program offers one-on-one instruction and community events related to a number of child safety issues. We also offer:

  • A sleep safety program called Cribs for Kids
  • Car passenger safety initiatives, including car seat safety inspections and a Teen Driver class
  • A Safe Sitter Program to teach pre-teens essential skills for babysitting

For parents of hospitalized children

  • Make-a-Wish Foundation - grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. We can work with you to see if you qualify and assist in the application process.
  • Family Advisory Council - our Family Advisory Council, made up of patients’ family members and hospital staff, identifies areas where the hospital could improve the patient and family experience and works to implement those changes.
  • Child Life Program - our Child Life Program offers age-appropriate programs to help patients and their siblings cope with a hospital stay or illness. We provide opportunities for learning, self-expression, family involvement, and peer interaction.