Children may react in fear if they hear they have to visit with a doctor. Some children are afraid the visit means they will get a shot or a painful procedure. The best thing you can do as a parent is educate your child and calm them before they go to a pediatrician. Here are a few of the many things you can do to make a visit to the doctor easier for yourself, your child, and the medical staff.
Be honest with your child
Walk your child through what will happen during their visit. If the child needs to get a shot, like an immunization or blood test, explain that it will only hurt for a moment. Many children fear needles, but they can cope if they understand what a shot is meant to do. Your child can become anxious if they do not know what to expect. It is best for everyone involved if you explain all aspects of their doctor’s office visit before you arrive.
Play with a doctor’s playset
Some young children can benefit from playing with doctor related toys like a fake stethoscope. This play will give your child a better understanding of medical checkups and procedures, and help them cope effectively. Take turns being the doctor or the nurse. You can use stuffed animals as patients. Ask your child questions like, “Why do you think your patient needs a shot?” By listening to your child, you will get a better idea of what they think about a doctor’s visit and clear up any misconceptions.
Read books about doctors
Reading children’s books about going to the doctor can help your child prepare for their visit. Seeing the pediatrician can be difficult for a child, as they may associate it with unfamiliar people, loss of control, or pain. Reading a children’s book about visiting the doctor is an enjoyable way for you to show your child that they will be safe at the doctor’s office. You may want to make reading books about the doctor and dentist a normal routine. This way, your child will have an appreciation and understanding of doctors as they grow older.
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