Tips for preparing an infant for surgery

There's not much you can do to prepare infants for a test or procedure, but you can help relieve your own anxieties by understanding a few things beforehand.

First, know that your baby will probably cry. Although it's not easy to watch your baby cry, crying is how infants communicate discomfort.

Your infant will cry more because she's in a strange environment with unfamiliar people than because the test or procedure is uncomfortable. Bringing a favorite stuffed animal, blanket or pacifier will help soothe him.

You can also ease your fears by learning about the test or procedure and why it's necessary.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Akron Children's staff understands how stressful it is to have a child undergo surgery. And we want to make the situation as comfortable and convenient as possible.

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