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Tips For When Your Child Needs SurgeryChildren have their own special medical needs and concerns, but they are often able to recover better and faster than adults.
To help prepare your child for a positive experience, talk with him or her in a straightforward, relaxed manner. Anesthesia should allow your child to have a comfortable experience, but fear of the unknown or the expectation of pain can undermine those efforts. So don’t mention unpleasant experiences like needles or pain.
Other techniques to help your child feel more comfortable:
- Bring an empty bottle if your child uses one.
- Bring a favorite toy, object or blanket.
Remember, make sure your child doesn’t eat or drink anything after midnight before the surgery. This includes water, gum and candy. Children younger than two years old can have sugar water up to four hours before surgery.