Not all bone injuries are the same. While some can be addressed, others may warrant a surgical procedure. Don’t despair if this is true in your case or if your pediatric orthopedic specialist tells you surgery is needed for your child to recover because your child will be in safe hands.
As a parent, there is a lot you can do to help your kid prepare for a surgical procedure. In this article, we are going to be looking at some of them. Read more about Providence’s Paediatric Orthopaedic offerings and experience here.
A stressful time for parents
Truth be told, preparing a kid physically, mentally, and emotionally can take its toll on parents. Because they are running around to ensure that everything is ready, they may end up stressed out and wasted at the end of the day. The most effective ways to reduce stress is by planning, being organized, and focusing only on what is important.
Answering your child’s questions
Answering your child’s questions may be a challenge for you, especially if you don’t have a solid medical background. Well, if you are in this boat, the smart thing to do is to ask a medical staff or nurse the questions your kids asked you. Bear in mind that questions may not only come from the kid who is going to undergo the surgery. Concerned siblings may ask questions too.
Always tell the truth
Lying to a child isn’t really a smart move as it may make him distrust your answers. If for example, your child asks you if something will hurt, don’t say it won’t hurt. Rather say, it will, but only for a second. You can also add that you will be there to hold his or her hands. See, your goal as a parent isn’t to sugarcoat the truth, rather it is to give your kid a clear picture of what to expect.
Below are some questions your kid is likely going to ask before the surgery.
- Will it hurt?
- Who is going to take care of me?
- Will I look different after the surgery?
- What if I wake up during the surgery?
When they start acting out
No two kids are the same, while some can easily vent out what is wrong with them, others may not be able to verbally vent out what is upsetting them. Don’t be too hard on them when they become more demanding or act strangely. Instead, help them relax and understand what is going on.
Important steps to take before the day of admission
What the doctor may need
Think deeply about everything the Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon will need and bring them to the hospital. Below are a few things he or she may require.
- Lab reports
- Immunization records
- A list of the medications your kid has been taking
Below are some things you should bring to the hospital to ensure that your child has a good time.
- Personal toiletries
- Pajamas or nightgown
- Books, favorite toys, and gift items.
Lastly, please do not bring jewelry and valuables to the hospital.
Doing the above may be difficult and stressful for you, but if you can do them, your kid will have a better time in the hospital. To ensure that your child gets the best care, it is wise you do your research before picking a Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon.