When Toddlers Need Surgery

Prepare them a day in advance

(HealthDayNews) -- If your toddler is scheduled for surgery, prepare your child for the hospital no more than a day ahead of time, advises Columbus Children's Hospital.

Use these tips to guide your conversation:

  • Focus on what your child will see, hear, taste and feel at the hospital.
  • Offer realistic choices, such as which toy your child wants to bring along, or which ear he wants the nurse to look in first.
  • At the hospital, explain what the nurse or doctor is doing using terms your child understands; be as non-threatening as possible.
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