Common fears for an infant having surgery can include:
- Stranger anxiety
- Stress caused by
o Disruption of their regular daily eating and sleeping routines.
o Anxiety passed on through their parents or caregivers.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Stay calm around your infant - even if a child who is too young to understand the words you are saying about surgery will sense if you are stressed.
- Bring favorite things like a pacifier, toys, blanket or other comfort items.
- Although we have sippy cups and bottles, some children are more likely drink from their own.