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When it comes to your child, even a simple, outpatient procedure can be intimidating. And chances are, it’s stressful for the whole family. Here are a few tips for alleviating the anxieties and fears you and your family might be feeling. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Preparing Your Family for Your Child's Surgery

Preparing Your Family for Your Child's Surgery
Pediatric surgery affects the entire family When
it comes to your child, even a simple, outpatient
procedure can be intimidating. And chances are,
its stressful for the whole family. Here are a
few tips for alleviating the anxieties and fears
you and your family might be feeling.  Talk about
Talk about it.   Talking about your fears,
getting them out in the open, and finding answers
to your questions can all help reduce stress and
anxiety. If your child is old enough, have an
honest but positive conversation of what to
expect on the day of the procedure and afterward.
Explain the benefits of the procedure for their
health and well-being. Reassure them youll be
nearby the whole time. Let him ask questions and
answer them as best you can. If you dont know
the answer, write it down and call your surgeons
office. You and your child will feel better when
you know what to expect.   If your child is
young or you worry a conversation about his
surgery may frighten or overwhelm him, you can
get him used to the idea of surgery by reading a
few age-appropriate books that positively portray
hospitals or surgery. A few of our favorites are
Franklin Goes to the Hospital, A Visit to the
Sesame Street Hospital, and Curious George Goes
to the Hospital.  
Recognize sibling stress.  Whether theyre
normally rivals or two peas in a pod, siblings
tend to worry when one is sick or nervous. Take
time to talk to older siblings about what will
happen on the day of the surgery. Give them a
positive impression, answer their questions, and
reassure them. You may even want to recruit them
as helpers so they feel like theyre helping
their little brother or sister on the big day. 
Be prepared.  Nothing can add stress to the day
of your childs procedure quite like the
last-minute hustle to find his favorite toy or to
prepare extra bottles for the diaper bag. Save
yourself from this situation by making a detailed
list of everything youll need to bring. This
should include a comfort item for your child,
snacks for you (especially if youve chosen to
fast with your child), and games or books for the
siblings if they will be waiting with you.   The
staff at your surgical center is there for you
and your child. Ask lots of questions leading up
to the day of the procedure so you feel
confident. The calmer you are, the calmer your
child will be, too.   If possible, make sure
paperwork is handled ahead of time. This way you
can focus on comforting and reassuring your child
while you wait, rather than filling out forms. 
Take care of yourself.   Even though your child
is the one having a procedure, chances are youre
experiencing even more stress and anxiety than he
is! Its okay and completely normal for you to
worry about your child. But remember, your child
will sense your mood and respond to any stress or
worry you feel. Help yourself stay calm by
talking to the doctors and staffs to make sure
all your questions are answered. You may also
want to share your fears with a friend or loved
one it helps just to talk. Lastly, make sure you
get plenty of rest the night before the surgery
so youre ready to be supportive and
extra-patient that morning. 
Have a plan for post-op.  After surgery, your
child will need to recover. An outpatient
procedure means your child will come home with
you the same day as the procedure. You can help
everyone feel calm and prepared by designating a
place for your child to rest at home where he is
comfortable. This may his own room, or yours, or
perhaps even in the den in front of the
television. Set expectations with siblings that
your child is to rest, which means the house
should be quiet. And yes, he gets to pick which
movies you watch.   You can also prepare for
post-op by carefully reading the surgical
centers post-op instructions and making sure to
ask any questions ahead of time. If your child
will need prescriptions filled, designate who in
the family will be heading to the pharmacist and
who will stay home with the child. Finally,
remember that your child may experience some pain
and may even cry once they are home. Stay calm,
keep him comfortable and relaxed, and if you
start to worry, call your pediatrician.
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