Child Life Specialists prepare children for medical tests
and procedures by using dolls, pictures, and words to help children
understand their medical experiences. Child Life staff are also
available to provide age-appropriate activities and to support
patients and families throughout their hospital stay.
Scheduling a Pre-Op Teaching Session
If your child is scheduled for surgery and you are interested in talking with a child life specialist about the procedure or scheduling a preoperative teaching session, please contact the Child Life Department at one of the following locations:
- Children's Mercy Hospital - (816) 983-6870
- Children's Mercy South - (913) 696-8101
- A nurse will call with dates, times and instructions of what time your child can not eat or drink after. Acceptable clear liquids include water, apple juice, pedialyte, kool-aid, Gatorade, and all sodas. Chicken broth and/or bullion are not clear liquids. This call will be made at least one business day prior to your child's scheduled surgery. During that time, feel free to ask any questions or express concerns you have regarding the upcoming surgery or procedure.
Items to Bring to the Hospital
- History and physical, X-rays and test
- Legal papers documenting patient's
- A stuffed animal that can be with your child during their
surgery or procedure
- A pacifier, if a pacifier soothes your young child
- Books or magazines to read while you are
- A list of child's medications and information about how
much medicine your child takes and how often
- A list of your questions for the nurses, doctors, and
The Day of Surgery
- You will check in your child and fill out needed paperwork upon
your arrival to the Same Day Surgery area.
- A nurse will check your child's vitals, which includes
height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature.
- You and your child will meet with an anesthesiologist.
- While your child is in surgery, you will wait in a parent
- When your child's surgery is complete, your child will wake up
in the recovery room. You will see your child when he/she moves to
the post-op area or as he/she is transported to an inpatient