What You Need to Know About Pediatric X-Rays

Pediatric X-rays can be a bit overwhelming for parents. Being in an unfamiliar medical environment with a potentially frightened child is no easy feat. However, sometimes an X-ray is necessary to diagnose an injury or illness. Understanding the procedures and tips for pediatric X-rays can help parents and their children feel more comfortable. 

Pediatric X-Rays: What Are They and When Are They Needed?

X-rays are the most common diagnostic tool for identifying bone fractures, dislocations, or other injuries. Often, doctors recommend X-rays when there has been a traumatic event, or a child is experiencing a prolonged fever or stomach pain. X-rays are also helpful in identifying infected areas, foreign objects, and other conditions.

Preparing Your Child for a Pediatric X-Ray

Explain to your child that the X-ray machine takes pictures of the inside of their body. Let them know that the process is quick and painless and will help the doctor determine the cause of their discomfort. You may also want to bring a favorite toy or blanket to comfort them during the procedure.

Tips for a Successful Pediatric X-Ray

To ensure a successful X-ray procedure, parents should follow these tips.

  • Dress your child in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing without metal fasteners
  • Inform the technician of any allergies, surgeries, or medical conditions 
  • Stay calm and positive to help your child remain calm and still during the procedure

What to Expect During the X-Ray Procedure

Before the procedure, the technician will position your child on the X-ray table and ask them to remain still. They may need to use immobilization devices or shielding to keep the child in place and limit radiation exposure. You may need to step outside the room or wear a lead apron to limit your radiation exposure. The X-ray machine will take pictures of the injured area or the specific body system the doctor wants to examine. The technician may need to take multiple X-rays from different angles to ensure a clear image.

After the X-Ray 

After the X-ray procedure, the technician will evaluate the images to ensure they are clear. The doctor will then use these images to make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan. Depending on the severity of the injury or condition, your child may need additional imaging or treatment. Your child may also need additional follow-up care or physical therapy to ensure full recovery.

Pediatric X-rays can be a stressful experience for parents and children, but following these tips and understanding the procedure can make the process smoother. If your child has experienced an injury or sudden illness and requires an X-ray, these tips can help you keep them through the X-ray process. 

To learn more about children's X-ray treatment, contact a medical professional near you.