Surgery can be a daunting experience for children. They may be scared or overwhelmed and will look to you for strength, love and guidance.
Talk to your child about their operation. This is better than surprising them on the day.
Try some imaginative play to prepare them for what might happen in the hospital. Use their teddy as the ‘patient’.
Pack your child’s favourite pyjamas, blanket or toy for the hospital trip. This will be something familiar to them in an otherwise foreign environment.
Call your anaesthetist or me if you child falls ill in the days leading up to surgery.