If your child needs diagnostic exams to diagnose a potential heart problem,
it’s normal for both you and your little one to be a little nervous.
Fortunately, the staff at Sunrise Children’s Hospital knows just
how to make your child feel at ease no matter what procedure he or she
is facing. These tips will help you prepare your child for a
diagnostic cardiovascular exam.
Follow All Prep Orders Closely
Failing to follow the pediatrics specialist’s preparation instructions
could lead to your child’s diagnostic exam being postponed, which
is stressful for both you and your little one. Be sure to follow any instructions
carefully, including withholding food and water on the morning of the
test or adjusting your child’s medication schedule. If you don’t
understand any part of the instructions, ask one of the medical team before
the day of the test. Many diagnostic procedures don’t require special
preparation, but verify with your doctor before the procedure to ensure
that you haven’t missed any important instructions.
Know What to Expect
Get a complete explanation of what to expect on the day of the diagnostic
test, from your check-in to the actual exam itself. Knowing what your
child will experience, how long the test should take, and whether you
can be present for the test will help you feel more comfortable. When
you understand what is coming, you can also help your child prepare.
Stay Calm for Your Child
Your child will look to you to decide how anxious he or she should be,
so show your child that you feel calm and confident. If your child asks
questions, don’t try to hide information that may be upsetting,
such as the need for a shot or the fact that you can’t go into the
exam room with your child. Being honest and acting calm about the facts
will make your child feel confident.
The pediatric cardiology team at Sunrise Children’s Hospital is skilled
in performing complex procedures on young patients, using
child-sized equipment for your little one’s comfort. Request a referral to a pediatrics
specialist in Las Vegas by calling (702) 233-5437.