Touring the hospital before surgery
can help your child see the sights, sounds, and events he or she will experience the day
of surgery. It's a safe, often reassuring, way to learn about the hospital. Contact the
hospital to schedule a tour.
If you have questions about how to
address your child's needs, ask to speak to a child life specialist. He or she can
explain what will happen, and why, in terms your child can understand. Child life
specialists can also help siblings prepare for the changes in their routine and express