Preparing Your Child For Visits to Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care in Florida
Simple ways to prepare your child for laceration repair, foreign body removals, lab or radiology test:
Medical tests can be scary, but you can help create a calm environment and build confidence for your child. We also offer kid-friendly tools here to help with the testing process. Here are six simple ways you can both be more prepared:
Before your child’s visit, discuss your concerns with his or her doctor. This will help you to have peace of mind about the testing process. We also offer coloring pages at our locations. You can use the coloring pages to help answer your child’s questions too.
Set realistic expectations
One of the best ways to set realistic expectations is not to pretend the experience will be painless. Instead of promising that a finger prick or blood draw won’t hurt, reassure your child that the process will be quick, the pain won’t last, and you’ll stay close. After the test, offer praise and comfort.
You know your child best. Discussing feelings or practicing calming techniques before his or her appointment can help. Make a game of staying still. Teach your child to inhale for three seconds and then exhale. Breathing exercises can help your child feel in control of his or her body and makes it easier to draw blood.
Offer a distraction
During a blood draw, try getting your child’s mind—and eyes—off the procedure. If watching is too stressful for them, you can always try to distract them from staring at the needle. You can also ask your Night Lite staff for a kid-friendly device that may help make blood draws more comfortable for your little one.