Siblings of children having surgery may not understand why their brother or sister is going to the hospital. They may feel anxious about what will happen to their brother or sister. They also worry about being separated from you.
In the days around a brother or sister’s surgery, you may notice your other children:
These are all normal responses for children who feel stressed, confused or threatened. If a member of the family has had surgery before, you may be familiar with the process. If this is new territory, it can be even more stressful.
There are several ways you can help your other children through this anxious time. The most important thing is to acknowledge and validate them. Reassure them that it is OK to cry or be scared.
Here are some more tips from our team:
Learn about what to do the day before your child’s surgery.