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Tips for Preparing a Child for Anesthesia

  • For younger children (under the age of 5), talk to him or her a day or two before the experience. Older children should have a few days to a week to get information and ask questions.
  • Be careful not to force a discussion if your child does not seem ready.
  • Be honest. If you do not know the answer, tell your child you do not know, but you will find out. Call 806.725.KIDS for more information or assistance.
  • Use words the child will understand.
  • Encourage the child to discuss feelings and ask questions about the upcoming experience.
  • Have your child pack a suitcase with the things he or she wants in the hospital.
  • It is not uncommon to see changes in a child's behavior before, during or after hospitalization. Children's responses to hospitalization and medical procedures will differ, depending on their age, the procedures to be done, and their past experiences.
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