Anytime a child needs medical attention, everyone involved becomes stressed and worried. When the treatment involves surgery, that stress and worry can multiply significantly. While the child may not understand what is going on, he or she can feel the emotions and strain of the adults. All of this can be detrimental to the healing process. One way to reduce all this and to help your child recover faster is to take your child to a child surgical center. Here are just a few of the ways these facilities make things better.
When the staff works with children all day, they do not need to change the way they talk or work with the patient because they were working with an adult just a few minutes ago. They know what to expect and have the experience handling childhood fears and behavior. In addition to bedside manner, these professionals are used to working with smaller organs and instruments. They also know how pediatric surgery can differ from the same procedure done on an adult. It should give you a bit of relief to know your child is in the best hands possible.
Regular hospitals can be intimidating to children. The sounds, the stark colors, and nothing that looks fun. When you go to a children's surgical center, everything is geared toward children as much as possible. The furniture is smaller, the colors brighter, and there are toys, games, and books for them. This helps to relax and entertain your child so he or she feels comfortable and not so scared. In addition, when your child is not cowering in your lap or terrified of what is happening, you can pay attention to what the staff is telling you.
If you have a child who needs surgery, you are going to be spending some time at the surgical center. When you have other children, this can mean you need to find someone to babysit. Any children left with a babysitter will feel left out and the sick child will feel singled out. Centers that specialize in children know how important it is to keep the family together as much as possible. Your kids will be able to help each other get through the whole ordeal.
When there is an emergency situation and your child is taken to a local emergency room, be assured he or she will be treated and cared for by a competent, experienced staff. However, if the surgery is something you have planned with your pediatrician and any specialists, ask about going to a children's surgical center to make the whole experience better.