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How to Prepare Your Child For Surgery

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Updated August 14, 2011

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Preparing Yourself For Your Child's Surgery

Having a sick child who needs surgery can be extremely stressful. It is important to know that you are not alone and that many parents experience the stress of a child having surgery each day. Have a support system during this difficult time can be very helpful for both you and your child, as children are usually very aware of their parent’s state of mind. Some hospitals offer support groups for parents during the hospitalization of their child, whether or not the child needs surgery.

You don’t need to do everything yourself, every minute of the day. If you have a support system of family and friends, seriously consider enlisting help before the procedure in preparation for the time following surgery, especially if your child is expected to be tearful and will need to be held and consoled after surgery.

Sources:

Surgery Guide. Nationwide Children’s Hospital. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/gd/templates/pages/pfv/PFV.aspx?page=242

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