Keeping Children at Ease at the Doctor's Office Made Easy

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No child loves going to the doctor's place, but some are extremely scared. The most common and not so surprising reason is no kid likes to be handled by a stranger apart from his/her loved ones. And it gets worse if your child has to get shots. It can be a confusing and at the same time a stressful experience. The fear of going to some unknown place and being handled by an unknown person can be an uncomfortable feeling for your toddler.

It's not about how well-behaved the child is, how well prepared the parent is or how well experienced the pediatrician is, your kid is not at all going to be enthusiastic about going to the doctors. However, this anxiety decreases along with age. Or rather their pattern of showing fear may reduce. Older children may remain silent while the younger ones will act it out. Acting out can be screaming, yelling at the doctor and the parents.But as parents, you can make an effort to reduce if not eliminate your child's fears.

Here are some tips which will assist your child to overcome the doctor phobia and make his next visit to the doctor a peaceful one

1. Accompany your child-Always make sure that you go with your child to the doctor's instead of grandparents, friend, relative or anyone else. It will ease his/her anxiety at least mentally and will be more confident about being at the doctor.

2. Role play the act-If your child is old enough to understand that he is going to the doctor's, you can act out the entire process in a fun way. It can be with his favorite toy, his friend or simply you both (The mother and the child) so he will be aware of the fact that it's not that scary visiting the doctor. You can play the part of the patient and then take the turn of the doctor to play.

3. Justify his fears-This is a tough call for parents. Many times we tell our kids not to be afraid and that everything is okay and that there is nothing to be scared of. But instead, these things can feel them worse because they think we aren't listening to them or we do not understand them. If they tell you that they are feeling scared about a particular thing talk it out, ask them why they are feeling scared. Talk about their fears and support them without telling your child how to feel.

4. Make your child comfortable-Each parent knows his/her child well. How to make your child comfortable rests solely on the parents, and they should know what will make their child mentally relaxed. For e.g. - make him/her wear his favorite clothing, let him/her carry the favorite bag which he/she likes.Don't fuss over that what your child should be wearing and what he should be not.

5. Bring his favorite toy-Does he likes his favorite red car? Or she fancies her pink doll? Carry these things while visiting the doctor.

6. Make your child something to look forward to-Don't make going to the doctor's place as some huge task or an extremely important work for your kid. Just tell him that's it's a normal thing to do, and it's not something overly difficult. Take your child to the nearby park after the visit to the doctors. Offer him a small gift like a pencil, a sticker or an ice-cream once you are back home. Knowing there is a reward after a stressful situation makes it easier for your child to deal with the more tense parts of the visit.

7. Bring his favorite snack –Does he appreciate cookies? Or she likes her favorite snack bar? Bring them along at the visit. It will make him feel more relaxed and at ease while facing the doctor.

8. Make the overall experience of going to the doctor's place a positive one-Instill in your child trust and good feelings about the doctor. Do him realize that he is going to give you proper medicines and that it will make him/her feel better.

9. Art therapy-You can take his/her coloring books at your next doctor's visit. As there is mentioned above, don't make the visit to the doctor's some task or important work. Art therapy works wonders, and it helps your kid's mind relax from the nervous feeling. Girls are fond of different flowers, and nowadays in the market, you get many kinds of attractive flowers. You can gift your little girl a lovely bouquet of artificial orchids or turquoise flowers. Or even better a nice bouquet of silk roses will make her day. The benefits of gifting your girl an artificial bouquet is you can keep it in her room as her reward, so she will remember it while going to the next doctor visit. It will be a positive influence on her making her doctor visits a less stressful one.

10. Don't make going to the doctor's like some punishment- never say to your kid that if he misbehaves or does not listen to you, then you will take him to the doctor or worse the doctor will give him an injection. This statement of yours will make matters worse, and the child may develop his fear into a phobia about the doctor.

11. Appreciate your child-If your child cries, starts shouting or over reacts never try to put him down by scolding or reprimanding him. Instead, appreciate that he/she is a brave and a strong child and that he can get through the visit very easily. If you as a parent stay positive, it will also help your child to stay active.

12. Tell your child what to expect- Never bluff your child saying you are taking him to the park or a ride and then take him to the doctor. He /she will develop a distrust for you which will increase his fear about the doctor even more. Instead, explain to your kid what is going to happen.

Top 10 New Year Gifting Options for Women

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Being a holiday, the New Year is celebrated throughout the United States. People either organize parties at home with family and friends or go out to attend public events to embrace the upcoming year with gala and grandeur bidding adieu to the passing year. New Year brings new hopes. Everyone let the bitterness of the previous year go and earnestly look forward to the new beginning. It is also the time to be joyous and send gifts to the near and dear ones.

Some women would never mind getting the same gift like a greetings card on every New Year. But, there are some who deserve something special. So you have to gift them something. For this, you need to consider your budget, her preferences and more particularly how long you are known to each other.

Here are some gifting ideas that may be helpful

1. Diamond ring

A glittering diamond happens to be the most favored gift of the women for ages. So, why not start the New Years with a diamond ring gift? Moreover, being endless, a ring is the perfect symbol of endless love and the New Years is the right time for celebrating this bond. This will be valued by her throughout the year. In spite of making a hole in your pocket, this should be the top on New Year's gift list. 

2. Jewelry box

If giving jewelry is too expensive for you, sending an elegant jewelry box can make a perfect New Years gift. Made of wood, these boxes come with ornate carvings and are also available with metal linings. These are ideal for keeping on the desk to hold many assorted beauty items. Try this, and she will be very happy.

3. Trendy handbag

Trendy handbags also make a very good New Years gift option for the women, especially if she is the outgoing type or had to hop a lot due to professional compulsion. No New Year fashion is complete without a trendy handbag that denotes both elegance and style. These are available in many color and design options and are very useful to the women as these can hold a lot of things inside. Just think of a style with cute finishing and gift it to her for celebrating this New Year.

4. Personalized gifts

As New Year is a special occasion, whatever gifts that you may send to her should be special. The best thing this is to send her a personalized gift. When you personalize any item, how much trivial that may be, it adds your warmth and compassion to the object. You can have limitless options of personalized items. You can personalize a desk clock with your joint photo or can gift a personalized coffee mug if she happens to be a coffee enthusiast.

5. Perfume

Perfumes create a very good New Year gift item. With the fragrance, it carries the joy and good wishes on the New Years Eve and for the whole of the coming year. Filling up her New Year with a bottle of perfume, you will stay in her mind.  Varieties of perfumes of different price ranges are available. You may choose anything. In case you cannot afford it, send your woman a cute body spray or deodorants instead.

6. Decorative items

New Year is the biggest and first celebration of the year; there is always a large party with family and friends to bid farewell to the passing year and also to embrace the coming year.  To make the celebration memorable, people decorate their houses with many things to give it a sparkling appearance. You can add to the list by sending her decorative trees, wax flowers, and artificial orchids as New Years gifts and she would appreciate your idea.

7. Fashion Accessories

You can never go wrong gifting fashion accessories to a woman. Women are naturally conscious about fashion, and they love to have such things any time of the year and especially while another year is just blooming. This can be anything from a nice leather belt, a silk scarf, fancy stoles, a cute locket for necklace or pair of sensual shoes. These are perfect for New Year's gift. 

8. LED jumping rope

Jumping ropes is a very good exercise, and the LED jumping rope makes a wonderful New Years gift for fitness conscious women. These unique jumping ropes have changed the workout landscape by throwing the statistics on your face. Using the LED sensor, it counts the number of jumps with every flick of the rope and can be synchronized with Android and iOS mobile phones.  You can also get one with calorie count option. Gift it to show how you care about her health and fitness.

9. Cat eye sunglass

This is the latest fashion craze of the women. Whether a woman is born with a round, square or oval shaped face, the cat eye sunglasses flaunt the beauty of all of them. These deliver a cool look on the sunny beach and being provided with UV protected glasses; she will be safe from the glare of the sun while camping on a sunny beach. Get one cute cat eye sunglass for her this New Year, to show your love and care.

10. Gift coupons

New Year is the time when everyone is showered with gifts, and this makes the process of choosing the perfect gift difficult. Everyone is after selecting a special gift, and you are not sure who likes what. So, why not let them choose their gift? Many shops offer a special gift voucher for the festive season, and you can consider one gift voucher. This is the safest options as she can get whatever she likes.

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