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PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR COMING TO HOSPITAL FOR SURGERY

We know that coming to the hospital for a clinic visit is a big event for you and your child. Taking the time to talk together before coming to clinic will help you and your child on what to expect.

Tips on Preparing Your Child

Here are some tips to help your child feel safer about his/her upcoming surgery and hospitalization.
  • Be patient and listen to your child.
  • Always be honest about what may happen.
  • Use short, simple words or sentences appropriate for your child’s level of understanding.
  • Reassure your child that if something hurts, there are ways to help the pain, including medicine, relaxation, listening to music and playing games.
  • Ask your child to pick out one of his stuffed animals, books, or music to bring to the hospital.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions and talk about his/her fears or worries.
  • Reassure your child that you will be with him as much as you can. If you are able to sleep in the hospital, tell your child that you will be at his/her bedside.
  • Plan for a quiet time to talk about the hospital or surgery with your child – you may have to try a few times before your child feels comfortable talking about how the feel.
  • Reassure your child that having to go to the hospital does not mean he has done something wrong
  • Praise your child for being brave and sharing his/her feelings.
PREPARING FOR YOUR PREADMISSION CLINIC (PAC) VISIT BEFORE SURGERY:

You will be contacted by the surgical scheduler or doctor’s office about when and where your child’s preadmission clinic appointment will be. You and your child will come to the Stollery Children’s Hospital at 8440 - 112St. PAC is located at 1C3 and the phone number is 780-407-6890. You and your child will meet with various health care professionals that will be involved in your child’s surgery and hospitalization. Expect this visit to take up to 4 hours as there will be some tests that will need to be done. Please pack any food, drink, formula, toys, or books that your child may need during waiting times.