In addition to the previous guidelines, a parent or legal guardian must accompany children when they are admitted to the hospital and throughout their stay. For all minor children, it is required that a parent remain in the hospital the entire time.
Children may be apprehensive about their surgery. You can do several things to make your child’s trip to the hospital a little less scary:
1. Discuss the surgery and the trip to the hospital thoroughly with your child.
2. Answer all of your child’s questions honestly. The more a child understands, the less fearful he or she will be.
3. Accompany your child to the hospital, be there when your child returns from the recovery room.
4. Let your child know that he or she can bring a special blanket, book or toy to the hospital. With your doctor’s permission, you may even bring special or favorite foods to eat after surgery.
5. Please leave brothers or sisters at home the day of surgery so your attention can be devoted to the recovering child.
6. Remember to use seat belts or a child restraint to hold your child while in the car on the way home. It is not safe to care for a child recovering from day surgery while driving a car.
7. A tour for your child is available before surgery. Call the Surgical Coordinator at (920) 361-5713 to make an appointment.