When your child needs surgery, it's natural for him to worry. Whether he's scheduled for a tonsillectomy, the placement of ear tubes or something more serious, he looks to you for reassurance.
Research shows that when parents and kids know what to expect, children have less anxiety before surgery, are discharged earlier and need less pain medication afterwards than children who aren't prepared.
Know the details
Children fear the unknown. A well-informed parent can be a great comfort to a child who is about to undergo surgery. So when you talk to your child's surgeon, ask these questions:
Prepare your child
When you talk to your child about his surgery, remain calm and positive.
On the day of surgery
The time has come to leave for the hospital or surgical center. How can you help keep your child calm?
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