Children are usually less frightened when they know what to expect. You may want to prepare your child by talking about the hospital. Give honest, age-appropriate information that your child can understand. Depending on your child’s age, it may be helpful to play hospital or doctor, read books about hospitals, or keep a journal or scrapbook.
Our Child Life specialists can help your child with special needs prepare.
Preoperative Program (when available)
The preoperative program is most helpful for children age 3 and older.
During the preoperative program, you and your child will:
Have questions answered
Tour the exam / prep area, the operating room, and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Learn what to expect on the day of the procedure
Learn about medical equipment, anesthesia and what it’s like to fall asleep for the procedure
For Burnet Campus times and registration, call 513-636-8298
For Liberty Campus times and registrations call 513-803-9820
If you are unable to attend the preoperative program, the above video can help provide tips to prepare and a virtual tour. (Disclaimer: the racecar wheelchair is no longer available.)