Preparing Your Child for Hospital for a Scheduled Procedure
With a planned procedure (e.g. tonsils removed) you have a bit of time to pack some entertainment and make sure you have everything you need.
#1. Be Prepared for Fasting
Read the information provided by the hospital, especially regarding fasting. Often the child will have to fast from the night before, this means when you reach the hospital in the morning you will have a hungry (and cranky child).
#2. Bring Something to Watch
Something to watch stuff on is very handy. It used to be portable DVD players but now it’s tablets or phones. Just make sure the programmes or movies they watch are not about food (Peppa Pig & Family seem to eat in every episode!); the trick is distraction and variety.
#3. Bring Some Toys
Bring some new toys and games and take out new one every so often. There can be a lot of waiting around so you want to pass the time.
Also, make sure you have their favourite cuddly toy or blankie with you.
#4. Bring a New Colouring Book
A new colouring book with pens or crayons in a tin or pencil case can be a good distraction.