We understand that surgery or being in the hospital can be a stressful time for you and your child. Knowing what to expect ahead of time may help you and your child to feel less anxious.

One of the best ways to prepare your child is to prepare yourself. You can gather information from your child’s surgeon, nurses, anesthesiologist and child life specialist.

It may be helpful to bring security objects from home, such as, stuffed animals, toys, pictures of loved ones, favorite blankets and pillows. Children better understand information that is simple and honest.

We recommend different approaches for each age group.

Preparing for Your Operation

What to expect on the day of your surgery at Brenner Children's.


A child life specialist is available to help you learn more about the hospital and take you on a tour. Please contact Child Life at 336-713-9957 to arrange a tour.

Helpful Tips

  • Please keep in mind that previous medical experiences can affect how your child will react to hospitalization.
  • Crying is a normal way for children to deal with their fears. Your support is important when your child is afraid or cries.
  • It is important to maintain a normal routine and activities, such as playing and schooling.
  • Family and friends are encouraged to visit your child.
  • The best way to prepare your child for hospitalization is to prepare yourself by understanding what will occur.