The more informed and relaxed parents are, the more the child will be comfortable. Therefore, it is important for a parent to get as much information as possible. Ask questions like:
- How long is the procedure?
- Are you able to be with the child?
- Will the child need sedation?
A good way to explain the CT to the child is as follows:
“The CT scanner is a round machine that looks like a donut. It has a camera inside that will take pictures of the inside of your body. Your job is to be very still. When the camera turns on it is going to make a swoosh sound and then a beep sound when it takes a photo.”
Create a coping plan for the child to stay still, such as practicing “laying like a statue” and finding distractions for your child like counting or thinking of a favourite place to be.