Childhood. Why should a child be prepared for surgery?

Whatever his age, and even if the hospital services do what is necessary so that their premises do not appear too cold or austere in the eyes of young children, the discovery of this place often causes great anxiety. In addition, the separation from their parent, induced by the intervention itself, is stressful. Not to mention that children, having no experience or element of comparison, ask themselves a lot of questions and risk providing distressing and… false answers. This is why it is essential to prepare a child for what he will experience during his surgery.

How to proceed ?

First of all, anticipate. Because it will take time for him to assimilate the information and find the time to ask you the questions that torment him.

If he doesn’t spontaneously have any questions, first explain to him why he needs the operation. “We know that children are more accepting of surgery, exams or procedures if they understand them. To understand them, they must have real meaning for them, ”explains. Tell him, for example, that the doctor needs to fix something in his body to make him feel better. The important thing is always to adapt your speech to the age of your child.

In all cases “avoid lying, even if it seems reassuring”, insists the Sparadrap association. “Clear and honest explanations, appropriate to the child’s age, are always preferable. Without giving him all the details, you can start with simple information. For example, you can describe to him the unfolding of what will happen from the moment you arrive at the hospital. Do not hesitate to help you with the guide of the Sparadrap association “I am going to have an operation, then we will put you to sleep” *.

You can also adopt a play method, as some medical teams do. So play with dolls or puppets to inform the child by showing him where his scar will be, the different pipes that will be in place when he wakes up… You can also encourage him to play doctor or surgeon, to dress up with it. medical attire.

A prior visit

“On the day of the anesthesia consultation, you may be able to visit the ward in which they will be accommodated with your child. He will be able to begin to familiarize himself with the place, ”says Sparadrap. “Before making this visit, don’t forget to tell your child that they will not be staying in the ward that day, but that you will be back on the day of the operation. “

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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