18 Months to 2.5 Years
Toddlers typically want to do things “their way” or not at all. Many like to show how they have mastered a specific skill, and look forward to receiving praise for this.
Set your toddler up for success by incorporating mask play into normal playtime. Practice placing the mask on Mommy or Daddy’s face, then on his own face. Taking turns is fun for a toddler, so be prepared to practice many times.
Use simple language to label and explain each step. Include holding over the nose and mouth, breathing in and out and counting to 10. When you toddler completes all the steps, praise him loudly, sharing hugs and positive attention.
If you feel your child may be anxious on procedure day, ask the hospital what pre-sedation medications they can give to help him relax. Ask how this will be given, and practice the method with your child through play.
If the medicine will be given orally (usually with a syringe), practice giving your child juice with a medication syringe. If an injection is to be used, practice positions for comfort and select the one you both feel most comfortable with for receiving an injection.