Infants (0-12 months)
Infants need their caregiver close and involved in their care. Familiar faces and objects are very important. Bring a pacifier and familiar blanket to the hospital for comfort. Children need to have their surroundings remain as close to normal as possible. A bottle or sippy cup of their own may help them to drink more readily after surgery.
Toddlers (1-3 years old)
Prepare your toddler the day before. They are learning to be independent so let them help by giving them choices in what to bring on their day of surgery, such as what toy, favorite animal, and/or blanket to bring. Remind them the hospital is a safe place.
Preschoolers (3-5 years old)
Prepare preschoolers three days in advance. Talk to your child about the hospital and remind them it is a safe place where children just like themselves come to see the doctor. Give simple and honest explanations and answers.