For children from two to five years, give clear, simple reasons for coming to the hospital.
Prepare Yourself First:
Talk to your child's doctor about your fears and concerns. Children can tell when parents are feeling nervous. This may make your child more anxious. Have your questions answered and be aware of your feelings and past experiences concerning illness and hospitals. Be sure to have all your questions answered before the day of surgery.
Prepare Your Child:
Young children need to be prepared close to the date of surgery. One to two days in advance is best.
Here are some hints:
Day of Surgery:
1. Once you arrive at the hospital, there is usually time to relax and settle in before going to surgery.
2. You and your child will meet some of the operating room staff including nurses, surgeons and the anesthesiologist.
3. Your child will go to the operating room with this team. A staff member will guide you to the appropriate waiting area. This is a time to reassure your child that you will remain in the hospital, waiting for them to wake-up after surgery and be reunited with them in the recovery room.
4. Nursing staff will talk with you about the care your child will need when he or she goes home.
If you have any questions or would like additional information on helping your child feel more relaxed about his hospitalization or surgery, please call the Child Life Department at (727) 767-4323. If you have questions regarding surgery time, please call Pre Admission Testing at (727) 767-8561 or 1-800-456-4543 x78561.
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