- Prepare Yourself First
Children are much more likely to feel anxious and afraid if they observe you being anxious or scared. However, if parents are calm and relaxed.
- Educate Your Child
How you talk to your child and what you tell him will depend largely on your child’s age and emotional maturity. For example, your teen can handle far more information and details than your six-year-old. So be sure to keep your conversations age-appropriate. Young children will benefit from simple, concrete explanations. Your Doctor and staff are here to help! Ask questions and let your child ask questions too.
- Choose Your Words Carefully
Surgery can sound scary so can anesthesia. Talk about the nice nurses and doctors who will be with you and while you are napping. Reassure them that you will be there when the doctor wakes you up. Talk about the nice soft cushiony bandages that will help you heal.
- Be Honest
As a parent, it’s natural to want to protect your child as much as possible.. Children can often sense when their parents are not being straight with them, especially as they get older. Answer your child’s questions as honestly as possible. If you don’t know the answer, reassure him/her that you will ask the doctor or hospital staff to see if you can find out the answer.
- Prepare them for the recovery
Have plans for restful activities at the home, their favorite books, movies and a comfortable place to rest and recover. Remind them that following the doctor’s instructions will have them back to normal in no time!