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To help you and your family prepare for surgery, we’ve compiled Children’s Minnesota resources specific to parents, teens and kids.
Parents, be good to yourselves.
It’s common for parents to focus solely on their children and neglect their own personal needs. But for you to be at your best — inspiring children with calm and confidence, keeping your energy levels up and staying healthy — parents need a self-care plan. Here are some tips developed by other Children’s Minnesota parents to help you be good to yourself.
Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids. Get all the sleep your body needs. Use relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety and stress and promote sleep, such as:
Your child must follow eating and drinking stop times on the day of surgery, so eat your healthy breakfast outside your child’s sight and smell. If you find you are not hungry, bring along a healthy snack. Drink plenty of liquids as well.
Bring along something to occupy your mind while your child is in surgery, like:
Proper nutrition, rest, relaxation techniques, and support of friends are just as important after surgery.
You are not being selfish. Taking care of yourself helps you take better care of your child.