Being in the hospital can be upsetting for your child, as well as for the whole family. Recognizing the common fears that your child has at each stage of growth and development can help you prepare him or her for the experience ahead. Some of the ways to prepare include the following:
- Learn as much as possible about the surgery planned for your child.
- Answer your child's questions truthfully, according to his or her age and developmental level.
- Read books about hospitalization with your child.
- Take your child on a scheduled hospital tour.
- Give your child options, when possible.
We also recognize that that a parent’s presence can provide a great source of comfort for the pediatric patient. For this reason, we ask that you stay with your child in the preoperative area before the procedure and then not leave the Center, so you will be available when your child is brought to the recovery area following the procedure. We offer a parental visitation in our Post Anesthesia Care Unit.