The anticipation leading up to surgery and a hospital stay can be stressful for children and their parents. It is important to recognize and understand the fears that a child of any age may have in order to manage and communicate ways to cope. Understanding the surgery and truthfully answering any questions that may arise will aid in preparing your child for the upcoming experience. Getting your child acquainted with the hospital setting before the scheduled procedure can also be helpful.
Select the following links for additional information about successfully preparing a child of any age for an upcoming procedure or hospital stay:
- Needs for hospitalized children
- Tips on preparing your child for surgery
- Watch our video about preparing your child for surgery
- Kids Health- Preparing your child for surgery