Tips for preparing your child for surgery

Learning that your child needs to have surgery is stressful and overwhelming for any parent. Parents often ask how to talk to and prepare their child for the upcoming surgery. Below are some tips on how to help your child feel prepared and confident about their upcoming surgery.

Timing is key

Some children cope better when they have a long time to think, process and ask questions; others feel more stressed if there is too much time to think and dwell upon information. As the parent, you know your child best. However, a timeline for each age group below has proven helpful for parents:

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