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Pediatric Surgery

At Anne Arundel Medical Center, we make it a priority to create a comfortable, child-friendly environment for our pediatric patients and their families. Preparing yourself as the parent/guardian will be the best thing you can do so that you can have a smooth and less stressful day. Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare:

General Preparation Guidelines

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General Day-Of Guidelines

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Infants (0-12 months)

What to expect - Your child may be particularly fussy as they are hungry and have not had anything to eat or drink.
How to help - Your child is best soothed through sensory stimulation at this age.

Your nurse/doctor will let you know when your infant will be able to eat after the procedure.  Please bring formula/milk with you.
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Toddlers (1-3 years)

What to expect - Your child may become irritable and uncooperative as he or she will be hungry and not had anything to eat or drink.
How to help - While your child may choose to strongly assert their independence at this stage, they still fear separation from their caretakers.

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Preschoolers (3-5 years)

What to expect - In addition to being hungry, your child may become anxious, jumpy or confused. 
How to help - It is common for children in this age group to have fears and misconceptions related to the hospital experience. They may think they did something wrong to cause the hospital visit.

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School-Age & Adolescent Children (5-18 years)

What to expect - In addition to being hungry your child may express fear, anxiety and concern of bodily harm.
How to help - While your child may have a better understanding of what is happening, he or she may still experience fears and misconceptions of bodily harm.

Common concerns

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