Whether your child is about to have major surgery or a routine check-up, a little preparation can help them feel comfortable.

That’s Connecticut Children’s specialty! Our experts have lots of tips and tricks to support kids on their health journeys. Here, we’ve gathered our best advice to use at home.

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What to Expect at Your Baby’s First Check-Up

New parents face lots of surprises, but their newborn’s first trip to the doctor shouldn’t be one of them. Here’s what to expect.

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4 Things Parents Should Know About Ear Tube Surgery

It’s the most common surgery for kids in the U.S., and it lasts less than 15 minutes. From the procedure through recovery, here’s what to know.

How to Prepare Your Child for the COVID-19 Vaccine

The vaccine is now available to kids as young as 5, who might need a bit more support around needles and doctors. Try these tips.

How to Prepare a Child With Special Needs for a Doctor’s Visit.

Get ready! You can show your child what will happen using play, explore ways to stay calm, and even practice some steps at home.

16 Comfort Items to Bring to Your Child’s Appointment

Choose a few trusty items to keep your child relaxed – and entertained – at the pediatrician’s office. Here are ideas.

13 Tips to Prevent Needle Phobia

Vaccines keep us healthy, but for some kids (and adults), they’re also linked to a genuine fear of needles. These tips can help.

Questions for Your Teen to Ask Their Doctor

Does your teen feel confident speaking up at doctor’s appointments? Here’s how to empower them in their health decisions.

What to Expect If Your Child Is Diagnosed With a Heart Murmur

Lots of murmurs are harmless, some go away on their own, and some need special care. Here’s what happens next.

How to Prepare Your Child for Surgery

When should you tell your child about their procedure, and how? How can you give them a sense of control? We cover all this, and more.

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Explaining Anesthesia to Younger Kids

From how “sleepy medicine” works to what it smells like, here’s how to explain anesthesia in words that young kids understand.

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Pack a Go-Bag for Unexpected ED Trips

Gather everything now, so you’ll be ready when it matters. Think: Your child’s important records, comfort items, and (of course) snacks.

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Emergency Room, Urgent Care or Video Visit?

It’s stressful enough when your child is sick or injured. It’s more stressful if you’re not sure where to take them. We break it down.

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