Preparation and What To Bring
Preparing your child for their operation
An operation can be a worrying event for any child, as well as their parents! However it’s important to focus on the fact that an operation is only recommended where it is felt that there are substantial health gains to be made and that the benefits outweigh the risks.
Make sure you spend some time preparing your child for their procedure, and what they are likely to expect before and after their operation. Be realistic about what they may experience – for instance about things such as throat pain after having the tonsils removed. But also don’t forget to remind your child that this operation will improve their health and wellbeing.
What to bring to your operation
All regular medications
Any relevant Xrays
Child’s pyjamas, dressing gown, slippers
Toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, brush, comb, soap, shampoo
Nappies or DryNites (if required)
Formula (if required)
Any special dietary foods
Any special toys, books, or electronic games
Unless your child is older (mid to late teens), one parent should stay with the child in hospital if an overnight stay is planned after surgery. If this is the case, then the parent should also come prepared with their own pyjamas, change of clothes, and toiletries.