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3 Tips To Ease The Stress Of Your Child’s Tonsil Removal

Although it may help a child sleep better, breathe easier and generally live a higher quality of life, no kid looks forward to tonsil surgery. As a parent, it is your job to ease your son or daughter’s mind before the procedure takes place. What are some ways that you can accomplish that goal?

Don’t Make a Big Deal About the Procedure Before It Happens

In many cases, the worst part of going in for surgery is the anticipation. When it actually happens, it generally goes by faster or with less pain than you imagined. However, a child generally doesn’t understand this, which means that he or she may not be nervous or really thinking about it other than the fact that it will eventually happen.

Therefore, you shouldn’t make a big deal that your kid has to undergo surgery in the next few days or weeks. On the day before the surgery, you should simply mention that your son or daughter will have to be up a little earlier than usual to get to the hospital. On the morning of the surgery, you may want to scoop your child out of bed and right into the car.

The less time that he or she has to think about what is about to take place, the less anxious that he or she will be. It may also prevent a lot of crying, drama or tantrums that may make you late and cause problems for the medical staff and for yourself.

Find a Hospital With Great Patient Care

A great way to ease your child’s stress is to find a hospital that takes pride in its patient care and invests in patient engagement technology. Your son or daughter’s doctor may take the time to explain what the procedure is and take great pains to let your child know that he or she won’t experience any pain. Your child’s doctor may also explain that he or she will be asleep during the procedure and that there will be other methods used to keep him or her comfortable.

You will also want to mention that you and the child’s other family members will be there in the waiting room when he or she wakes up. Knowing that mom and dad will be there could be a comfort as small children tend to believe that nothing bad happens when a parent is nearby.

Focus on What Will Happen After the Surgery

Ideally, you will focus more on what happens after the surgery has been performed as opposed to what happens before or during it. For instance, you may want to talk about how many presents he or she will get or the fact that your son or daughter may miss school to recover. Even if your child likes school, there is nothing better than watching cartoons or playing video games on a school day.

You may also want to talk about how your child will get to eat all of his or her favorite foods for a day or two after the procedure. This may mean nothing but yogurt, ice cream or pudding instead of peas, carrots and broccoli for your little one. That will most likely cheer up or excite even the most nervous of children.

Making sure that your child is happy and healthy should be a top priority for a parent. However, in doing so, you may expose your child to some discomfort. Therefore, it is critical that you understand how to help your child manage their stress levels to ensure that he or she is more focused on the benefits of the procedure as opposed to the procedure itself.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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