Preparing Your Child For Surgery
“Children who are prepared for medical procedures experience less fear and anxiety, and will have better long term adjustment to medical challenges.” (Child Life Council, 2007)
Talking to your child before surgery can help lower fear and anxiety about the procedure. There are several ways to prepare your child depending on their age and personality.
- Talking to your child using age appropriate language
- Meet with a Child Life Specialist
- View pre-op video
Talking with your child also allows them to ask questions and express their feelings. As the caregiver, you can also clear up any misunderstandings. Often families do not know what to do or say to help prepare their child for surgery. Use our age-specific common fears and concerns for ideas.
For additional information, please call (602) 933-1540 to schedule a Pre-Surgery Tour or call (602) 933-2273 to talk with a Child Life Specialist.