Do the following 6 weeks before surgery.
Arrange childcare for siblings
Families are welcome to visit on the day of surgery. Since it can turn into a very long day, ask family or friends if they can watch your other children while you are at the hospital.
Some hospitals may offer child care for short amounts of time. Contact the hospital or go to the hospital website for more information.
Taking time off work
At least one parent needs to be with your child on the day of surgery. Ask the surgeon how long your child will be in the hospital and how long they need to stay home to recover. This will help you plan for any days you need to be off work.
Talk with your child's teacher
Let your child's teachers know how long your child will be away from school to help plan for any missed schoolwork.
Some hospitals have a school on site that is managed by the local school board.
Talk to your child or teen about their surgery
Talking to your child about their surgery is important. They will feel less anxious if they know what to expect. If you need help getting your child ready for their surgery, contact your hospital. Your hospital may have a Child Life Specialist who can help.
Arrange for a place to stay if you are from out of town
You may need accommodation before and after your child’s surgery. If you need a place to stay, visit the following webpages for a list of accommodations near the 2 children’s hospitals in Alberta.
For information on accommodations close to other hospitals, contact the hospital directly.