Tonsillitis Tips Help Parents Prepare Their Children for Surgery with Less Anxiety

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Having a tonsillectomy isn't all about eating ice cream. Parents need to prepare their children for surgery and recovery. Dr. Laurie Zelinger's new book "The "O, MY" in Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy" can help make the process relatively painless.

A tonsillectomy is quite often a child's first surgery, and it can be a frightening one. But never fear, Dr. Laurie Zelinger is here to help with her new book "The "O, MY" in Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery, a Parent's Manual" (ISBN 9781932690743, Loving Healing Press, 2009).

When her son, Jordan, needed a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, Dr. Laurie Zelinger wished she had a book to prepare for the surgery. She took copious notes and did thorough research to make sure her son's surgery and recovery would be as pain-free as possible. Now she has used her experiences to write a full-color guidebook for other parents to help their children prepare for this potentially frightening experience.

"The "O, MY" in Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy" helps parents understand and organize the necessary medical components required for their child's surgery. Dr. Zelinger's book provides:

  •     Facts about tonsils and adenoids in simple terms
  •     Methods to reduce a child's anxiety about surgery
  •     Words and stories to say to remove the mystery for the child
  •     Suggestions for supporting a child through the medical events
  •     The sequence of events before surgery and how to prepare for them
  •     Necessities to have at home during the child's recovery
  •     Lots of kid-friendly illustrations and even a mini-planner for caregivers

Parents who read and follow the advice in "The "O My" in Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy" will feel confident they have done everything to maximize their child's comfort and ability to adjust. Children will feel less anxiety by knowing what to expect before, during and after surgery. Dr. Zelinger's book helps make surgical procedures as painless as possible.

Parents and professionals are praising "The "O My" in Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy." Philip S. Steinfeld, MD, says, "In over 40 years as a practicing pediatrician, this is the most practical, down to earth and informative approach to the impending parent-child-hospital experience with a T&A that has come to my attention." Richard H. Wexler, President of the New York State Psychological Association calls Zelinger's book "...a valuable guide for parents intending to provide emotional preparation and support to a child about to undergo a surgical procedure." And Rachayle Salzberg raves, "My son's recovery period was enhanced by advice from the manual, and thanks to Dr. Laurie, the bonding experience it created almost cancelled out the discomfort. He is now a strep-free, healthy boy!"

About the Author:
Dr. Laurie Zelinger was born and raised in Queens, New York. She earned her Master's Degree and Professional Diploma from Queens College and a Doctoral Degree from Hofstra University. Her new book "The "O, MY" in Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy" reflects the author's actual experience with her son's tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Dr. Zelinger is a Media Referral Specialist for the American Psychological Association, and Media Ambassador and Information Officer for the New York State Psychological Association where she holds the position of "Chair of the Task Force on Child and Adolescent Issues." Dr. Zelinger is a full time school psychologist, a private practice licensed psychologist, and a registered play therapist/supervisor.

"The "O, MY" in Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy: How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery, a Parent's Manual" (ISBN 9781932690743, Loving Healing Press, 2008) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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