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If your child is scheduled to have surgery or procedures (IV, NG, PICC Line, etc.), a Child Life Specialist is available to prepare and teach you and your child about what he or she may experience. The purpose of pre-operative teaching is to reduce anxiety and let the patient explore and ask questions about their surgery in a safe setting. Specialists use medical play, teaching dolls, real medical equipment, actual pictures of the rooms and people they will see, and a tour of the hospital to prepare children for surgeries and procedures. A pre-admit program is available before hospitalization to prepare children for upcoming surgeries.
It is not unusual for your child to be afraid of medical procedures. The Child Life Specialist can ease your child’s fears by focusing his or her attention on something fun and relaxing, such as blowing bubbles, singing, listening to music, or reading books.