How your child can have the best possible experience with his/her tonsil operation

  • You can avoid any unnecessary stress/anxiety by thoroughly preparing your child before his/her tonsil operation. A calm, well-prepared child with a positive attitude towards what will happen, experiences less pain, handles pain better and recovers more quickly. There are several things that you can do together with your child in order to make the experience as positive as possible. For example,
  • Use the informative material and the stories about Elias and Moa on www.tonsilloperation.se to help your child understand why the operation needs to be done. You can also enter the Anaesthesia Web website at www.narkoswebben.se . Here, you and your child can learn more about what it’s like to be in hospital and what happens before, during and after anaesthesia.
  • Explain that you’ll be there at the hospital during the visit. Let the child know that you’ll be there when he/she falls asleep and wakes up. He/she will sleep during the entire operation and wake up when it’s over. Assure your child that he/she never needs to be alone. Everyone will explain what they are going to do to make it feel as confortable as possible. Ask your child if he/she is worried about anything. The staff can then explain more and do everything they can to help calm your child’s anxiety.
  • Explain that you’ll be there at the hospital during the visit. Let the child know that you’ll be there when he/she falls asleep and wakes up. He/she will sleep during the entire operation and wake up when it’s over. Assure your child that he/she never needs to be alone. Everyone will explain what they are going to do to make it feel as confortable as possible. Ask your child if he/she is worried about anything. The staff can then explain more and do everything they can to help calm your child’s anxiety.
  • Keep control of your own anxiety. A worried parent can easily transfer his/her anxiety to the child. Act calmly and inspire confidence.
  • Be prepared that there may be waiting times at the hospital. Bring something along to help your child and yourself pass the time.
  • Make sure that your child brings along a favourite book, a cuddly toy, a security blanket or anything else that may help them feel secure.
  • After the operation, it’s a good idea to talk about how things were at the hospital, if it was tough and, if so, why. The child can explain through drawing a picture. Preferably use the stories on www.tonsilloperation.se or www.narkoswebben.se
  • In addition to receiving painkillers, it’s important that the child receives more attention than usual. By reading, playing games and watching TV together, the child is distracted from the pain in their throat.