- Bring fun distractions and comfort items. Toys, word puzzles, coloring books, and hand-held video games or tablets are all great options for keeping your little one busy. Your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or pacifier can help the hospital environment to feel familiar and provide comfort during your stay.
- Keep a list handy. The medical team may have questions about your child’s medical history and any prescriptions he or she is taking. Before heading to the hospital, make a list or download an app to store important information about medications, allergies, medical conditions and immunization records.
- Use a calm, soothing voice. If your son or daughter has questions about what’s going to happen, don’t lie. Word things simply and maintain a calm but confident tone. Your child will follow your lead.
- Take turns fielding questions. If you are very worried, this concern may show as your child asks questions. Always try to have a backup parent, family member or friend to support you before, during and after the procedure.
Putting Ourselves in Your Shoes
At Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, we are dedicated to treating everyday bumps and bruises while also offering minimally invasive procedures for pediatric patients. Our associates are here to answer any questions and walk you and your child through any procedure step by step. By making smaller incisions, our surgeons can offer your child a reduced risk of complications, such as infection or blood loss, allowing for a quicker return home.
Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent is dedicated to making both pediatric patients and their families feel comfortable. Visit peytonmanning.stvincent.org to learn more or watch a video on minimally invasive surgery here. We offer a preoperative tour for children ages 3 to 16 that may help to reduce anxiety and answer any questions your child may have about his or her upcoming surgery. For more information about the preoperative tour, please call 317.338.3582.
Reviewed by Danielle Patterson, CCLS, child life specialist, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent.