The innocence in a child’s eye and their questions is something that would make anyone melt. They tend to be aloof of so many things that we as adults go bonkers about. However - kids still have their own moods, they get depressed very easily. If they are made to stay at the hospital for too long, they fear it. They don't have the slightest idea of why they are there, and sometimes don't know what they are going through.
The younger kids may not have too much to say or ask, for the younger they are, the lesser the chances of being traumatised. Since they are unaware of their situation, a lot of parents tend to keep them away from details of their diagnosis, just so they can protect their child. But it’s essential that your child meets the right psycho-oncologist. Cancer hitting kids is traumatic even for the parents, but 90% of the time, the kids do recover from it. And so at every stage being cautious is important so that this phase doesn't have an impact on the rest of their growing years.
You have to know what is going on in your child’s mind. As much as you as a parent think you will know best, you might not. It’s extremely difficult to figure out what is going on in the their mind, they have no idea why they are in the hospital or why such a treatment is necessary. The injections and medication may scare them. So keeping a check on them, making sure they don’t stay upset, don’t cry too much, aren’t alone for too long is very important. Best to keep the atmosphere around them - simple and pleasant and not overwhelming. The hospital stay needs to be made lively for them contrary to what it generally is.
The atmosphere around your child must be a happy one, and one that is monitored by both the parents and the doctor.