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How to Prepare a Child for Ear Surgery

Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:21:44 AM Australia/Melbourne

How to Prepare a Child for Ear SurgeryIt’s many parents’ worst nightmare- the idea that your son or daughter could be going in for any possible type of doctor’s appointment or surgery, including ear surgery. To a certain extent, it doesn’t even matter why, the fact of the matter is, you’re absolutely terrified and don’t know how to possibly prepare. Luckily for you, Hearlink is dedicated to being your partner in crime during every possible situation, including this one. We strongly believe that when we arm our valuable patients, readers, and customers with the appropriate knowledge to be in the driver’s seat of your health, you’re far better equipped to make the decisions that make the most sense for you. Audiology is not a one-size-fits-all issue, Hearlink believes that there is a different, tailored solution, for each and everyone that we talk to.

 

For some reason, when it comes to our youngests, it’s the hardest of all. Maybe it’s the idea that they’re so young, or that they don’t have the experience dealing with doctors’ wards and appointments. Regardless, as the parent, guardian, relative or friend, you’re the frontline between them and any pain or awkwardness they might encounter. Here are several tips that we recommend keeping in mind:

 

Accentuate the positive

It’s not just a gimmicky song, it’s a true outlook that will make a world of difference for your young patient. Odds are, they’re scared. You need to remind them that the purpose of the appointment, treatment, surgery or therapy is to make everything alright in the end. Don’t focus on the surgery itself, share the outcomes that your young soldier will be able to appreciate in just a short while.


Buddy up with the specialist

The doctor who has prescribed the path of treatment did so for a reason. Let him or her share the reasons with your young one, so that they hear it from an objective point of view. Because they spend so much time with you, at a certain point- they may begin to discount certain things that you say. Having a professional with you can reinforce not only the necessity of the treatment, but also its ease and speed.


Come prepared to make it less frightening

Do you remember when you were a kid? Sweets, stuffed animals, bright colors- each of these was a surefire way to put a smile on your face. Take this same advice in stride and pack a toolkit full of ways to make the patients smile and laugh as much as they can.


Keep an eye on your stress

This last one is one of the most important. If you’re stressed, there is no doubt that any child will read your emotions, no contest. There is a reason that they’re so emotionally mature (sometimes!) Since you’ve probably already walked through the above steps, just take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’re doing the right thing by keeping a keen eye on the hearing of our youngest generations.

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Hearlink Admin