Health Tip: If Your Child is Having Surgery

-- The prospect of surgery can scare child a great deal, so it's important to fully prepare the child before you head to the hospital.

The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital offers these suggestions:

  • Find out as much as you can about the surgery, so you can answer the child's questions and reply with the right information.
  • Be honest when answering questions, but make sure your responses are appropriate for the child's age.
  • Read books with your child about preparing for a trip to the hospital.
  • Take a tour of the hospital, including areas where the child will be.
  • If your child is old enough and mature enough to make a choice, let the child make it.

Posted: May 2008


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