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you’ll be there when he wakes up and the medical staff will respond quickly to make him feel better.
You could also teach him some relaxation techniques, such as controlled breathing and positive visualisation, where he imagines himself, fit and well, doing something he enjoys. This will give you both something to focus on if you find his anxiety begins to heighten, prior to the operation.
Of course it’s important for you to make sure you are well armed with all the information you might need, so if you have any questions for the doctors or nursing staff, make sure you ask them. Writing them down beforehand will be helpful.
Finally, when it comes to actually going to hospital and perhaps preparing to stay in there for a little while, then it’s worth getting your son involved in those preparations. Make sure you take along his favourite toy or the object he gains most comfort from and also ensure you have plenty for him to do if he is confined to bed for quite some time.
Preparation is everything and I know that if you take the time to go through things carefully with him, you’ll both feel more able to deal with the challenges and he will be back to his healthy self in no time.
Kids are often more RESILIENT than we give them credit for, so without scaring him, be HONEST. This will help him to PROCESS the experience more effectively. But make sure you avoid FRIGHTENING LANGUAGE
is a life coach, and clinical and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist