what to expect when your child is going to hospital for the first time?
Kelly - posted on 12/29/2009
my 5 month old has had 2 surgeries and one more on the way. The hardest part is waiting for the surgery to be finished. before hand write out any questions you have for the Dr. Do a little research on the internet on how the procedure is done. Bring lots of things to entertain you while the surgery is happening. What you can do for your son that will help you is give him lots of attention. Let him know the good things about the surgery like he wont get sore throats anymore, he gets to eat Jello and Ice cream for dinner ;) and maybe when he wakes up have a nice surprise for him being a brave boy. I know it's hard and gives you a pain in your heart but it's a pretty common procedure and he should do great. Remember you have to be brave for him if your alright he should look at you and feel more reassurance
Amanda - posted on 12/29/2009
Your son will bounce your feeling of fear off you if you let him see them. Remember, you are the big mama bear! These doctors know what they are doing, your bub will be perfectly fine. I know it's stressful and nasty and terrible, but think of how much better he will be afterward. And look forward to the jelly and ice cream after the operation!!!
My thoughts are with you hun :)
Medic - posted on 12/29/2009
ask all the questions you can think of even if they sound stupid they are not....my son has had many hospitalizations due to mrsa and now that he is old enough to talk the drs here really involve him when talking about what they are going to do and they let him feel like he is making some decisions...i found that getting him a special pair of pj pants is good because they will need to wear the hospital gown top and he takes some books and animals and i just try to keep it fun....and most hospitals make that easy by having activities and people that come to your room to engage your kids
Marista - posted on 12/29/2009
When reacting to anything around him think about how you want him to see you- as a strong hold of support or as a weakling who will wither when scared. When My 13 month old had his kidney removed because of a tumor I prayed for strength so that I wouldn't make him any more scared than he already was. Plus I wanted to be in control of the situation and be able to make quick GOOD decisions if I needed to. You cant make good decisons while you are freaking out.
Melissa - posted on 12/29/2009
They have many books out that will help your child get used to the idea. Also, talk to your pediatrician and ask if there's any way that you can take your son up to the hospital ahead of time to get him more acquainted with what it'll be like when he's there. When you do take him in, make sure that you take as much as feasible to make him feel at him, even if he isn't staying the night, when he's in recovery or waiting on the doctors, he'll feel better if he has his favorite blanket, toy, or animal with him.
Jaime - posted on 12/29/2009
Get as much info from the doctor as you can to help ease your anxiety. My son at age 2 had to go in to have a cyst on his throat removed. We waited around with him for several hours (not an easy feat with a 2 year old) before the procedure. Eventually, when it was time, they gave him a little 'cocktail' (a sedative of some sort)... It was sad and hilarious at the same time. He acted and appeared like you would expect a drunk 2 year old to be. He couldn't even sit up and laughed at the strangest things. But that was what made him calm enough for the nurses to take him to put him under for the procedure. After the surgery, he was pretty groggy for awhile and very clingy. I have heard of some kids being disoriented and upset, but my son handled it ok. I would just do your best to not let him know you are scared, because he will take his cues from you. he will be ok!
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