You know what to expect when preparing your child for bed or school—a bath, a story, packing a lunch, and making sure shoes are on the right feet—but when it comes to preparing your child for foot surgery, that’s a whole different ballgame!
For most parents, children’s foot surgery is new territory that can be intimidating and concerning. You need to prepare yourself as much as you do your child! The first step is learning all you can about your child’s condition and the procedure needed to correct it. Dr. Brian McDowell will thoroughly explain the diagnosis and procedure, answer any questions you have, and ensure you feel confident moving forward. That way, you will be able to reassuringly answer your child’s questions as well.
If you are anxious, your child will pick up on that behavior and feel anxious too. So, it’s vital that you educate yourself, ask questions, and make sure you thoroughly understand and are comfortable with the process and sharing it with your child.
Calmly explain to your son or daughter why the surgery is necessary and be sure to use understandable (and unalarming) terms. There may be books on the topic you can read or you can use a doll who has a pretend appointment.
Let your child know that he or she will be sleeping when the surgery takes place and that you will be there when your child wakes up. Provide reassurance that the doctor will give medicine to make his or her foot feel better. Encourage your child to ask questions, and arrange for a visit to our office so your little one can become familiar with it, along with our staff. It’s a good idea to pack a favorite stuffed animal and slippers so your son or daughter can feel at home.
Sometimes pediatric foot surgery is necessary, but knowing what to expect and preparing yourself so you can better prepare your child will help the procedure and process go smoothly and successfully.
For more information or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call! You can reach our Carmichael, CA office at (916) 961-3434. Rest assured you and your child will be in good hands!