December 12, 2003
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.