Chapter 12. Counselling and discharge from hospital

The discharge process of all children should include:

  • correct timing of discharge from hospital
  • counselling the mother on treatment and feeding the child at home
  • ensuring that the child’s vaccination status and record card are up to date
  • communicating with the health worker who referred the child or who will be responsible for follow-up care
  • giving instructions on when to return to hospital for follow-up and on symptoms and signs indicating the need to return urgently
  • assisting the family with special support, e.g. providing equipment for a child with a disability or linking with community support organizations for children with HIV/AIDS.