It's 0700 and you just got report on your patient. You are caring for a toddler who is going to have a chest x-ray later this afternoon to evaluate treatment. When should you tell the child about this procedure to make it go as smoothly as possible?


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- Right before the procedure

- At lunchtime (1200)

- Now (0700)

- Don't tell the child at all, just try to get the imaging without explaining what happened until afterwards


Toddlers have a short attention span. Their understanding of time is in the present, so preparing them for something hours in advance will not be helpful, therefore provide a short explaination just before the x-ray is done. Attempting to get imaging on a toddler without explaining it at all beforehand will most likely result in the child becoming scared and non-compliant.

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