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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

RUS­SELL HEM­MINGS

is a life coach, and clin­i­cal and cog­ni­tive be­havioural hyp­nother­a­pist

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