If your child is about to undergo a CT scan for the first time, you might not know what to expect. You want to be certain that your child does everything correctly so that you don't have to delay the CT scan or force them to take it again. Here are some ways that you can prepare your child for the CT scan so that it goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Explain What's Going to Happen
Your child might not be particularly interested in staying inside of a metal tube while the doctors take pictures of them if they doesn't know what's happening. Explain to your child that they are going to take a drink or have an injection of contrast liquid that is going to make certain parts of their insides stand out so that the doctor can take a picture of them. Make sure that you tell your child that, in order for the pictures to come out looking awesome, your child has to stay super still. This will make it much easier for your child to avoid moving around. If your child understands why they need to hold still, they will be more likely to respond to instructions.
2. Get Your Child Used to Having Their Head Being Held Still
Many children can't resist the urge to look around and see what's going on behind them and on either side of them. If you suspect that your child is going to have this problem, make sure that you tell your child about the head strap and about how it is going to help keep their head still. Then, show your child what it is going to feel like by putting your arms around their head gently. This will allow your child to get used to the sensation and make them less resistant when the CT scan is actually being performed.
3. Wear Your Child Out Ahead of Time
If possible, allow your child to run around and play before they goes in for a CT scan. This will allow them to get out some of that extra energy that could make staying still in a CT scan very difficult. By making your child slightly less energetic, you will ensure that they will stay calm.
If all else fails, use bribery to help cajole your child into staying still.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in CT scans.