Preparing for Surgery
The Recovery Room
After the procedure your child will be taken to recovery. Some hospitals allow parents to be present while their child is waking. Others do not allow parents to enter until the child is awake. Wherever possible, advocate to be present when your child wakes up, if this is important to him.
Some children are confused, upset or restless on waking. This is a normal effect of the medicine as it wears off. Crying and deep breathing actually helps the child’s body remove the medicine. Comfort your child with gentle words and positive touch.
The nurses will offer clear fluids – juice and sometimes popsicles. Not all hospitals offer a variety of juices. If your child has a favourite clear drink, consider bringing it as a special treat for him to look forward to.
Ask For Child Life Support
Find out what child life, play specialist or other preparation and support services your hospital offers for your child who will have surgery, and for their siblings. Ask for all support to help ease stress for your children and for yourself as you prepare and await the surgery. A little preparation and effective support can radically change everyone’s experience.