How to Prepare Your Child For Ear Tubes
- Posted on: Oct 15 2017
Being a parent can be the most joyous part of your life and one of the most challenging— especially when your child is sick. If your baby or toddler gets frequent ear infections, nothing can be quite as devastating as seeing them in pain and discomfort. Luckily, with the help of ear tubes from The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas, we can help to significantly decrease the number of ear infections they get.
If you have decided that ear tubes are the best route to take to help your child feel better, we will send you home with a detailed list of preparatory instructions but here are a few others that you may find helpful.
Bring Their Favorite Jammies
Although your child will be under anesthesia during the procedure, making sure they are comfortable both before and after surgery will be helpful. Have your child wear their favorite jammies. Even if they may need to get out of them for surgery, at least they can be comfortable for as long as possible.
Talk About the Hospital Before
If your child is communicative and is at an age where they understand what’s going on around them, try talking about the hospital a few days beforehand— that way on the day of the surgery, they go into it feeling prepared. As a suggestion, read books about the hospital, drive by the hospital, or just incorporate it into your daily conversations without making it sound scary.
Bring a Stuffed Animal, Blanket, or Pacifier
Depending on the age of your child, bring a little bit of comfort from home with you to the hospital. Whether your child prefers a stuffed animal, blanket, pacifier, or anything else, having something there to comfort them will make you both feel better.
Undergoing surgery is scary, but it’s even more magnified when it’s your child. Luckily, by using the tips listed above, you can help your child and in turn, yourself, feel a lot calmer on the day of their tube procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about ear tubes, or to schedule a consultation at one of our offices in Texas, please call 972.984.1050
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