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Preparing a Child for Surgery
Preparing Siblings for Surgery
When your child goes to the hospital, brothers and sisters may feel afraid, worried, or confused. They are often afraid simply because they do not know what to expect, and they may imagine the worst.
Preparing the Infant for Surgery
It's important to keep your baby's routine the same before the day of surgery. Make sure you, your baby, and your family are well rested.
Preparing the Preschooler for Surgery
One of the major fears preschoolers have is fear of the unknown. Tell your child about the surgery several days before the procedure and perhaps even visit the hospital for a tour.
Preparing the School-Aged Child for Surgery
Have your child explain back to you what is going to happen in the hospital. School-aged children sometimes will listen carefully, but not understand all that was said.
Preparing the Teenager for Surgery
Allow your teen to be part of the decision-making process. Encourage him or her to make a list of questions to ask the doctors and nurses.
Preparing the Toddler for Surgery
Read books to your toddler about going to the hospital. Keep any explanations simple and be careful of the words you use.
Surgery and the Breastfeeding Infant
If your baby requires surgery, you may feel helpless. But there’s something you can do to make the experience a little less traumatic: breastfeed. Not only is it comforting for your baby, but nursing will provide the most nutritious and easily digestible food for a healing body.