As a parent, you will never want to see your child have to have surgery even if it is a minor operation. It can be terrifying for the child and distressing as a parent, but it is important that you are strong and able to reassure your child so that they feel more confident going into the operation. There are a few different ways that you can prepare yourself and your child for their operation which should help to alleviate nerves, help the operation to be a success and allow for a faster recovery. Here are a few tips which should help:
- Make a List of Questions
When you discover that they will be having surgery it can be hard to clarify your thoughts. Spend some time with your kid making a list of questions that you have as there are sure to be a lot. Getting answers for these questions can be of great help in terms of alleviating stress.
- Speak to the Doctor
Bring along the list of questions and carefully listen to everything that the doctor has to say about the operation. Make notes as they will be able to provide the best information for what to expect, how to prepare and advice for recovery from the operation.
- Physical & Mental Preparation
It is now a matter of getting your child prepared for their operation. This will involve physical preparation like exercise and eating well, along with mental preparation such as breathing exercises and providing them with lots of love and support. It is also helpful to have some sort of treat for your kid so that they have something to look forward to after the surgery.
- On the Day
On the day of the surgery, you should be by your child’s side for as long as you are allowed. While they are in the operating theater, it is helpful if you are able to keep yourself busy and distract yourself. Surgeons are highly skilled and experienced so they will be in safe hands, but on the off chance that something goes wrong due to medical negligence, then you can make a claim against the hospital.
The recovery will depend on the type of surgery, but kids tend to bounce back quickly, so carefully follow the doctor’s instructions to help them back to full health quickly. As mentioned, it is a good idea to have some form of present or reward lined up for their bravery and be sure to have those closest to them visit when they feel up to it.
It can be scary when you learn that your child needs surgery, but in this time you need to step up and be a strong parent. This can be challenging especially for larger operations, but the above advice should help to guide you so that you can provide support for your child and help them through this difficult situation. By following the doctor’s advice and providing plenty of support it should help to reduce stress and allow for a full recovery.