What to Expect

A visit to the doctor’s office or hospital isn’t much fun for anyone, especially kids. But, when you know what to expect ahead of time, you can help your child relax before the appointment.

At Banner Children’s, our goal is to make your child’s experience with us easier for both of you. When you’re in any of our facilities, we want you to feel like part of our family.

How Do I Prepare for My Child’s Visit?

Take a minute to review these tips to help prepare your child for a doctor’s visit, medical test and hospital stay.

Doctor’s Appointments

Doctor’s visits should be a regular part of a healthy childhood, but that doesn’t make them any easier for children – or their parents. Shots still sting, some tests are uncomfortable, and medicine doesn’t always taste good. When there’s a chance your child may experience pain or discomfort, these tips can make your child’s appointment a little smoother.

Help Your Child Prepare

  • Focus on the positives – explain how the doctor is going to make your child feel better and keep him or her healthy.
  • Practice at home – read an age-appropriate book about doctor’s visits or play with a child-appropriate doctor’s kit beforehand.

Things to Bring

  • Health insurance information (insurance card and referrals)
  • A list of questions to ask the doctor
  • A list of your child’s other doctors with names, addresses, and telephone numbers
  • A list of medications your child takes (including over-the-counter drugs) with prescribed dosages
  • Any immunization or medical records you didn’t already send
  • A pen and notebook to take notes and a place to keep any paperwork or information you get during the visit
  • Books, magazines, games or other toys to help pass the time

Other Tips

  • Ask the office staff if you can work on any paperwork before your visit.

Outpatient Tests

If your child needs a medical test, it’s perfectly natural for both of you to feel a little anxious. Try these tips to make the experience more comfortable.

Help Your Child Prepare

  • Use our health library to learn about the test your child will have so you can answer questions and offer assurance. At some of our hospital locations, child life specialists can help with these conversations.

Things to Bring

  • Health insurance information (insurance card and referrals)
  • A pen and notebook to take notes and a place to keep any paperwork or information you get during the visit
  • Books, magazines, games or other toys to help pass the time

Other Tips

  • We encourage parents to stay with their children during most medical tests and treatments.
  • For some tests, you may need preauthorization from your insurance. The department that conducts the test will take care of this for you. This process can take from 1 day up to 2 weeks depending on your insurance.

Hospital Visits

Help Your Child Prepare

Use our health library to learn about the test your child will have so you can answer questions and offer assurance. At some of our hospital locations, child life specialists can help with these conversations.

Things to Bring

  • Health insurance information (insurance card and referrals)
  • A list of questions to ask the physician
  • A pen and notebook to take notes and a place to keep any paperwork or information you get during the visit
  • Immunization records and other medical records (if requested)
  • Favorite stuffed animal or a special toy
  • Books

Things to Bring – Overnight Stays

  • Clean, comfortable clothing
  • Toothbrush
  • Favorite blanket or pillow
  • Photos of family, friends and pets

Other Tips

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