X-Rays, MRIs and CTs may seem like a simple procedure to an adult but can be frightening and foreign to children. The experience may feel strange and new or cause children to be anxious or fearful, which could ultimately lead to a disrupted scan and poor imaging. As a parent or caregiver, you know your child best and know whether your child will react calm or nervously. The best steps to make your child feel comfortable about imaging are those taken before the scan. Trying some of the tips listed below can help to make the procedure run smoothly and effectively:
- Letting your child know the basic goal of the procedure can help the child to understand and feel in control.
- By using familiar language your child can get a better grasp on what the procedure is like. Starting with explanations such as “we are going to take some pictures today with a big camera” may help your child to have a sense of what will happen.
- Communicating the importance of standing still, just like in a normal posed picture will prepare them to not move during the procedure so the best images can be taken.
- Although the “big camera” may seem scary, letting your child know what it won’t cause any pain will prepare them for any doubts they may have about the procedure.
- Bringing a comfort item, such as a blanket or stuffed animal to hold while waiting to be imaged may make your child feel more at ease.
These are just a few tips that can be used to prepare your child for an experience that can make seem children feel uneasy. As always, the staff at our center are experienced and enthusiastic about tending to each patients needs, especially in the case of children. To learn more about the steps taken by our center to get the best images of your child in a comfortable environment, contact our office directly at 575-763-6144.