Tips for Making Kids Comfortable with the Doctor
As of this writing, Abby is being confined in the hospital due to some infections. She went through a series of tests which she didn’t cry, even when a blood sample was taken from her. Abby is tough…
But this is not the case for all kids. Generally speaking, most children are used to just seeing their family every day so going to a doctor can be really scary for them. Medical personnel, for a child, are just strangers who always make them feel uncomfortable – especially when the child needs a shot. That is why a visit to the doctor or being hospitalized is one of the hardest activities for parents but you all need to face it no matter what.
This article will give you some tips on how to make your precious child feel comfortable and calm on the next visit.
Abby seriously acting as a Doctor at home
Introduce the image and role of the doctor
Buy toys that will let them act as doctors and you as the patient. Let them watch and hear stories with doctors on it. This will help them know what things to expect whenever they are in that actual situation.
Prepare your child in advance
Explain to your child at least a day before that you will be visiting the doctor and give them the reasons why is it needed. Tell them that it is for them to feel better or for them to make sure that they will not be sick.
Little Doctor Abby…
Ask your child what they are feeling
Are they scared? Are they excited? Does your child have any questions for the doctor? If they will say that they are afraid, assure them that you will not leave their side, that the doctor is kind and that this thing is just normal and all the kids are going through this. If the child asks if they will get shots, do not lie and tell them that there’s a possibility. Tell them the truth that shots can hurt a little but it will make them feel better and healthy.
Show that you are excited for them
Tell them that you are excited to know how healthy your child is. Encourage them to behave and be strong so that the doctor will say lots of good things about them. After hearing their good health status, congratulate your child so they will feel that they really did great.
Abby at the play area in the Pediatric Section of Bacolod Sanitarium and Hospital with the peripheral intravenous line attached to her
Let your child bring a toy
Encourage the child not be afraid
Praises like “It will hurt a little but it will get better very quickly,” can reassure your child that this will be over in no time.
Praise them after the visit
Knowing that they did great and you are proud of them will make them be braver on the next visit. Tell your child that you are excited to tell your other family members how brave your child is on that visit.
Abby at Bacolod Sanitarium and Hospital
Choose the perfect doctor
Not all pediatricians are good at handling a child so doing your own research and looking for parents’ testimonials about a certain doctor can help you choose the most suitable doctor for your child.
First few visits will never be perfect, but if you will consider and do the things mentioned here, your next visits will not be as hard as the first one anymore. Not only will you help your child but you are helping yourself as well.