Understanding what will occur during a procedure and what other parents do to prepare their children will arm you with essential information. Knowing what to expect will lower the anxiety level of both you and your child and lay the foundation for years of tolerable tests. The descriptions of procedures in the rest of the chapter may not exactly mirror your experience. Practices vary by hospital and practitioner, and this variability should be expected. What should be the same, however, is your comfort in asking questions and getting the support and help you need to prepare for and cope with your child's procedures.

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