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.