- Please make child care arrangements for other brothers and sisters. Your child will want your undivided attention on this day. If other arrangements are not possible, please bring another adult to care for the brother/sister in the waiting room, as your child will want you with him/her.
- If your child is younger than seven years old, we recommend that you have two adults with your child on the trip home after surgery. If your child needs attention while one adult is driving; the other adult can attend to your child.
- If you child will be returning home on the same day as surgery, remember to bring the car seat for those children who require one by law.
- Please encourage your child to bring a favorite blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, cup/bottle, or toy with them the day of surgery. All personal belongings should be labeled. The Pediatric Playroom is equipped with TV, videos, toys, video and computer games.
- Dress your child in pajamas or loose fitting clothing. This will make getting dressed to go home much easier.
- If your child shows symptoms of fever, cold, flu, wheezing, croup, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, oral thrush, or any other signs of infection which are not being treated such as ear infection, sinusitis, pink-eye, or exposure to chicken pox please contact your surgeon’s office as early as one week before (but no later than 12 noon the day before) your child’s surgery. Your child’s surgery may need to be postponed.
- Before surgery, please remember your child must have an empty stomach when receiving anesthesia. You will be told a specific time your child should stop eating and drinking on the day of surgery. If clear liquids are permitted, this means liquids you can see through (e.g. water, apple juice). Gum, hard candy, etc. are not permitted. It is important to follow these instructions or your child’s surgery may be delayed or cancelled.
- Do not promise your child food or drink immediately after the surgery. Your child may feel nauseated after anesthesia and may vomit. He or she may not feel very hungry for 12-24 hours following surgery. Have plenty of clear liquids (clear juices, pop, Popsicles, Jell-O, and soup) available at home if your child is an outpatient.
- Shower or bathe your child the evening before surgery/procedure.
- Brush teeth in the morning, but do not allow your child to swallow any water.
- Remove make-up, nail polish, contact lenses, earrings and jewelry prior to coming in for surgery.
- DO NOT take anti-coagulants (blood thinners), aspirin, or aspirin containing-products, or Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.) for 10 days prior to surgery, unless told otherwise. Tylenol is okay for children to take.
- You will receive a phone call from a preoperative nurse prior to surgery to obtain a short history about your child. She will be able to answer any questions you may have about the surgery. In addition, you will receive a call from the hospital registration department to register your child for the surgery process. If you have not been contacted before the scheduled surgery day, please call us at (419) 251-4679, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Your child will meet a variety of people before and after their surgery, including nurses, anesthesia and operating room personnel, and others. These people will try to make the surgery experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible for you and your child. Please express any concerns you or your child may have at any time. If your child’s physician participates in the “Parent Present for Induction Program,” you will be prepared the morning of surgery.
- Parent Present for Induction Program is designed for pediatric patients with no major health problems. This program encourages one parent to go into the operating room with their child while he or she undergoes the very early stages of anesthesia. This program has proven to be a comfort for both the child and the parent involved. Please discuss this option with your surgeon as his or her permission is required to participate and the surgery case will need to be scheduled by the surgeon’s office noting this option. Please call the Child Life Department at 419-251-4662 for more information or to schedule an appointment.