Preparing Your Child for Surgery

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Preparing a child for surgery emotionally is one of the most important things parents can do when their child is facing a surgical procedure. Dr. Edward Hill gives parents some tips when faced with this task in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The prospect of surgery and hospitalization can obviously be frightening and overwhelming for any child. As a parent, youre worried too, but remember that your child looks to you for reassurance.

First, it is important that you, as a parent, learn all you can about the procedure and the process the child will go through. If possible, you and the child should meet with the caregivers. This may reduce the stress you both feel.

Children feel much better and able to cooperate with the medical team if they know beforehand why they are having a procedure.

You should tell your child as much as possible about the procedure. It does not need to be in grim detail, but it should be told as gently and honestly as possible. This will increase the faith and trust that the child has in the parents and the medical team.

It is okay to tell your child that you are anxious beforehand. They more than likely can sense it anyway.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.