Studies show that children cope better with medical procedures when they are well prepared ahead of time. Parents are better able to help their children when they are better prepared as well.
Listen to your child, let him talk about his fears, and answer his questions honestly. Show that you are confident in his safety and the surgery’s success, and make sure he knows sickness and treatment are not punishments.
If you have any concerns, talk to us before the day of surgery and away from your child. In most cases, a nurse will call you a day or two before the surgery to give you instructions. You may be asked to call ahead for instructions the day before the surgery. A child life specialist will be available to help your child relax on the day of surgery. If possible, arrange in advance for care of your other children on the day of surgery, so you can focus on the child in our care.
To help prepare your child for his procedure, the Child Life department at Children's at Egleston and Children's at Scottish Rite offers pre-admission tours for those scheduled for medical procedures or surgeries. This service is provided by a child life specialist who is trained to help children and families cope with hospitalization and illness.
- The tour before admission gives you and your child a chance to visit the hospital and see the sights, sounds and events you will experience the day of the procedure.
- The tour will give your child a chance to build trust, understand what is involved and gain control over the experience. It is a non-threatening way to learn about the hospital.
- Children are less scared when told what to expect and why. Pre-operative teaching can give your child the support that is needed.
- Parents and children over the age of 3 are welcome – as well as brothers and sisters over 3.
- Parents of children under the age of 3 are also invited; however, the tour is geared toward children over 3.
To attend a pre-admission tour, contact:
Children's at Egleston: Ashley McClain, CCLS at 404-785-6325.
Children's at Scottish Rite: Sarah Rodgers, CCLS at 404-785-4286.
Preparing for an overnight stay
We have most of the things your child will need during his stay. Children’s provides diapers, hospital gowns and slipper socks. We have breast pumps for breastfeeding mothers, or you may bring your own. We also provide toys for your child’s age and video games.
Each of our private rooms includes a hide-a-bed sofa, bathroom, television and telephone, and each floor has a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. You can eat in our cafeteria or have meals delivered to your child’s room. Our locations also provide a business center, family library and chapel.
Make sure to bring:
- All your child’s medicines in their prescription bottles
- Comfort items from home, such as favorite clothes, a special toy or blanket
- A pillow, pajamas or personal items for yourself if you plan to stay with your child (Your child will feel more secure with a parent or family member close by.)
- Snacks from home if desired
- Toiletries such as toothbrush and toothpaste