As a parent you might picture your child’s first hospital experience in your mind. Maybe you imagine your child calmly holding still, everything goes smoothly, life is grand, and you are eating ice cream on the way home. Or maybe you picture your child crying and hiding under the chair screaming words you thought they didn’t know, while you lovingly try to coax them out. Meanwhile, you want to pull your hair out and find yourself wondering if the doctor can medicate parents. Whether you feel ready or not, sometimes a hospital visit is necessary, and there are things you can do to help make it easier.