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Preparing Your Child On the Day of Surgery

Preparing your child for surgery can be challenging, but knowing what to expect in advance can help ease the stress for both you and your child. 

What To Bring

  • Bring any paperwork your doctor’s office has given you.
  • Every child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If the parent or guardian is unable to be at the hospital, call the pediatric surgery area at 413-794-5661 in advance.
  • Bring the name and dosage of any medications your child takes.
  • Make sure you know and inform the nurse of any allergies your child may have.
  • We can provide bottles and sippy cups in the recovery room, but if you think your child would rather drink from his or her own, please bring them with you.
  • Bring any comfort items your child may like to have, such as a blanket, pacifier or stuffed animal.

Please do not bring other children on the day of surgery. They will not be allowed in the recovery room.

Make sure you know the details of your child’s surgery – such as the part of the body being operated on, the right or left side, etc. Feel free to question any member of hospital staff who cares for your child.

Please do not bring food or drink into the children’s waiting room. Ask any questions you or your family may have.

Before Leaving Home

  • Bathe the child
  • Remove all jewelry, contact lenses, make-up and nail polish
  • Glasses and hearing aids may stay on until the last minute
  • Dress the child in loose, comfortable clothing

Make sure you followed the eating and drinking instructions from the doctor or nurse. Failure to follow these instructions could result in the cancellation or delay of surgery.