SURGERY & YOUR CHILD

DEDICATED TO THE CARE OF YOUR CHILD

The staff at the Richland Hospital are dedicated to the care of you and your child. We understand that surgery can be an emotional time, especially when it is to be performed on your child. Children who are less anxious and less fearful have an easier time before and after surgery. There are things you can do to decrease the chance of transferring your fears and anxieties about surgery to your child.

UNDERSTANDING AND HELPING YOUR CHILD AS SURGERY APPROACHES

The information that follows lists characteristics children tend to have in common. The list does not cover all tendencies and does not apply to every child. We hope the information will increase your understanding of what you may observe in your child, what you can expect from us as caregivers, and we hope we can assist you in preparing your child for their surgery. 

Infants 0 to 12 Months

Factors that Increase Stress

  • Separation from family
  • Strangers

What you can do as a parent

  • Provide comfort measures (pacifier, toy or blanket, swaddling, holding)
  • Be present whenever possible

What you can expect from your child’s caregivers

  • Use a slow approach
  • Allow time for familiarity
  • Provide consistent caregivers
  • Minimize separation from parents
  • Assist in decreasing parent’s anxiety
  • Facilitate parent or caregiver presence

Preparation and Care of an Infant

  • Short attention span (1-2 minutes)
  • Prepare the infant just before performing care by telling them what you are about to do (check their temperature, change their diaper, etc.)
Toddlers 1 to 3 Years of Age
Pre-School 3 to 6 Years of Age
School Age 6 to 12 Years of Age
Adolescents & Teens

FIND CARE CLOSER TO HOME

 

The Richland Hospital & Clinics are  committed to offering the highest level of care that's closer to home. Our dedicated medical teams utilize state-of-the-art technology and receive special training to provide expert care to the communities we serve.

We serve a vast area in and around Iowa, Sauk and Richland counties. 

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