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Preparing your child for doctor visits….This won’t be easy.

kairadoctor32 Preparing your child for doctor visits....This wont be easy. Today I took my daughter to get routine shots and it wasn’t pretty. Seems like the older she gets, the more scared she gets. She cried and screamed to the top of her lungs then said “Oh that wasn’t so bad.” LOL. I had to laugh.

First let’s talk about what they’re so afraid of:

Separation. Kids often fear that their parents may leave them in the exam room and wait in another room. The fear of separation from the parent during mysterious examinations is most common in kids under 7 years old, but can be frightening to older kids through ages 12 or 13.

Pain (Of Course!). Kids may worry that a part of the exam or a medical procedure will hurt. They especially fear they may need an injection, particularly kids ages 6 through 12.

The doctor. Some kids’ concerns may be about the doctor’s manner. A kid may misinterpret qualities such as speed, efficiency, or a detached attitude and view them as sternness, dislike, or rejection.

The unknown. Apprehensive about the unknown, kids also worry that their problem may be much worse than their parents are telling them. Some who have simple problems suspect they may need surgery or hospitalization; some who are ill worry that they may die.
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Here are some tips on how to prepare your child for doctor visits:

  • Explain the Purpose of the Visit
  • Tell Kids What to Expect During a Routine Exam
  • Role-playing to show how the doctor might:

use a blood pressure cuff to “hug the arm”
look in the mouth (and will need to hold the tongue down with a special stick for just a few seconds to see the throat)
look at the eyes and into the ears
listen to the chest and back with a stethoscope
tap or press on the tummy to listen to or feel what’s inside
look quickly to see that the “private areas” are healthy
tap on the knees
look at the feet

And last but not least, obviously choose a doctor who relates well to kids.


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