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You can do some things that will help you and your child prepare for surgery.
Know its risks and benefits.
Here are some tips about what to do at home before you leave for your child's surgery.
Your child may need to take them with only a sip of water.
Sometimes children eat or drink something by mistake. If this happens, the surgery may have to be scheduled for another time.
Here are some things you can expect before your child's surgery.
You will get instructions about helping your child recover from surgery. This is called a discharge plan. It will cover things like diet, wound care, medicines, follow-up care, and activity. It can also tell you how to deal with possible changes in your child's behaviour and get back to a normal routine.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
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