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How can I comfort my child if they are nervous about ear tube surgery?

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To help a little girl or boy in your care get ready for surgery, you may want to:

  • Ask questions so they can talk about their feelings and you can make sure they're not confused about anything.
  • Be specific about how the surgery will help, such as "Your ear will feel so much better!"
  • Talk ahead of time about going to the hospital -- a good general rule is to talk two days ahead of time for a 2 year old, three days for a 3 year old, and so on.
  • Let your child pick a toy or blanket to take to the hospital.
  • Remind your child you'll be there the whole time.

From: Ear Tubes: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear tubes,” “Ear infection (middle ear).”

Unity Point Health: “Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Tubes.”

National Health Service: “Can I eat or drink before an operation?”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: “Preparing Your Child for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear tubes,” “Ear infection (middle ear).”

Unity Point Health: “Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Tubes.”

National Health Service: “Can I eat or drink before an operation?”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: “Preparing Your Child for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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