What is included in the dermatologic preoperative evaluation and management of pediatric patients?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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A parent or a legal guardian must accompany the child and should be present during the consultation and informed consent. If the child is of a relatively mature age, the child should be included in the conversation. The child's concerns and wishes should always be addressed. Creating a child-friendly environment with toys and offering stickers or other rewards are helpful. Allow the child to bring a favorite toy or personal stereo to the procedure. EMLA cream applied prior to a procedure decreases the pain of any needed injections.


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