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What words should I avoid when talking to my child about surgery?

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As you talk with children, it's best to avoid certain phrases. If you say "put you to sleep," that may remind them of a pet that's been put down. Instead, you can talk about how a special doctor has medicine to help them sleep really well.

The words "cut" or "make a hole" may make a child think of pain. Instead, you can say "make a small opening."

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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