What part about surgery is most stressful
for a preschool child?
Preschool-aged children can benefit
from preoperative planning, education, and explanations. Begin preparing your child
several days before the procedure. This will give your preschool child time to absorb it
all. Recognizing what is stressful to your preschool child while in the hospital can
guide you in preparing him or her for the experience. Common stressors and fears in the
hospital may include the following:
Fear of being away from
family and home, or of being left alone
Thinking he or she is in the
hospital because he or she is in trouble or being punished
Fear of having a part of the
Fear of needles and shots
Fear of waking up during
Fear of pain (or the
possibility of pain)
Fear of the dark
Helpful books for you and your
Anne Civardi. 2005. Going to the Hospital(First Experiences). Usborne
Publishing Ltd. (Ages 3 and up)
Fred Rogers. 1997. Going to the Hospital. Penguin Young
Readers Group. (Ages 2 to 6)
Deborah Hautzig. 1985. A Visit to the Sesame Street Hospital.
Random House for Young Readers. (Ages 4 and up)
Richard Scarry. 1995. A Big Operation (The Busy World of Richard
Scarry). Aladdin Paperback.
Debbie Duncan. 1995. When Molly Was in the Hospital: A Book for
Brothers and Sisters of Hospitalized Children. Rayve Productions, Incorporated.
(Ages 3 and up)
Paulette Bourgeois. 2011. Franklin Goes to the Hospital. Kids Can
Press. (Ages 3 to 8)
Virginia Dooley. 1996. Tubes in My Ears: My Trip to the
Hospital. Mondo Publishing. (Ages 4 to 7)
Juliana Lee Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff.
2004. Good-Bye Tonsils! Puffin Books.
(Ages 4 to 8)
Norman Bridwell. 2000. Clifford Visits the Hospital.
Scholastic Incorporated. (Ages 4 to 8)
Margret Rey, H.A. Ray. 2010. Curious George Goes to the Hospital.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. (Ages 4 to 7)
Barbara Taylor Cork. 2002. Katie Goes to the Hospital. Brighter
Child. (Ages 5 to 8)
Joanna Cole. 1990. The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body.
Scholastic, Incorporated. (Ages 4 to 8)