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.

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