Children’s painful procedures and operations factsheet

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The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network has created a factsheet offering tips and advice on children’s painful procedures and operations.

  • As a parent you know your child best, and can therefore greatly assist staff in helping your child cope with the procedure or surgery.
  • Be honest and calm when informing your child about the procedure and answering his/her questions.
  • Decide on which coping strategies you and your child think would be most helpful.
  • It is generally helpful for a child to have a parent present during a painful procedure and/or when your child wakes up after surgery. If you feel unable to be present think about arranging for another person your child is comfortable with to be present.

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Melissa Whitrow

My daughter was 7 when diagnosed, she was old enough to understand why she needed to have a procedure so we would always explain it to her in quite a biological way. Right from the start we committed to never telling her something wouldn’t hurt when we knew it would, we needed her to be able to trust us. Instead we would talk about what it would feel like and reassured her that it wouldn’t hurt for very long (if that was the truth). We then followed that up after the procedure, agreeing that it must have hurt but asking whether the pain was getting better/improving. She seemed to cope better if she knew it wouldn’t hurt for very long.

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