Medical treatment can be emotionally and psychologically difficult for a child.
Telling your child what will happen and why can relieve the stress and help them cooperate with nurses, doctors and other providers.
Knowing what to expect and developing coping strategies will make the procedure easier for your child to handle. With tools to deal with the experience, they’ll undergo less emotional distress and work more constructively with providers.
Provide your child accurate information in the gentlest possible language. Tell your child the procedure’s purpose. Talk them through each major step in the procedure and explain why it’s being done.
It helps to tell them what they’ll see, hear, feel and smell along the way. Your medical team or child life therapist may be able to help with some of that information.
Develop and rehearse coping strategies with your child, such as distraction and guided imagery.