Ages Four to

Children in this age group fear damage to their bodies, so parents need to be careful when explaining what will take place, avoiding phrases that a child may misconstrue. For example, parents should never describe anesthesia as "being put to sleep," especially if a child may associate being put to sleep with an experience with a pet, assuming it means death. instead, parents should tell children that the doctors will help a child take a nap for a few hours. When talking about surgery, parents should use terms such as "make an opening" instead of "cut."

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