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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Here, in alphabetical order, are some neurological tests that your child may be given:
You can't explain the examination to an infant, but you can help your baby feel more secure during the test by bringing a special blanket, toy or pacifier. You may breastfeed your baby or give her a bottle of juice or formula once the technician tells you your baby can eat.
Young children remember things for only a short amount of time, so the best time to talk about the test is right before you are ready to come to the hospital. Explain to your child that you are going to the hospital to have some pictures taken that the physician needs in order to help her get better. Try to use simple words.
It's important to be honest with your child. If the test will be uncomfortable, be sure to talk about and tell her it's okay to cry. Because many children at this age are afraid of being separated from their parents, let her know that mom or dad will stay with her as much as possible. When you come to the hospital, bring a favorite book, toy or blanket.
School-aged children have good imaginations. If you don't tell them the truth, they may imagine something much worse than the actual test. The day of the test, tell your child that she will be going to the hospital to have some pictures taken. Tell her that the pictures will help the physician decide how to make her better. Use simple words and be honest. Try to tell your child exactly what will happen. When you come to the hospital, bring a favorite book, toy or blanket.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”