In the past couple of blogs, we have been talking about taking your child to the family doctor. Talking to your child seems to be the best way to keep them calm about the visit. As we have said in the past, your child should know what is going to happen in the doctor’s office. We want to give you tips on how to tell your child what is going to happen during their visit to the family doctor.
Going to your primary care doctor, whether it is for the first time or 100th time, can be scary if you don’t know what to expect. Preparing your child to expect certain things in the doctor’s office can lessen the fear. Child experts may tell you that children learn better during play so acting out scenarios might be fun. Play out the doctor putting the blood pressure cuff on and let them know that it will “hug their arm”. Other things you could act out with them include looking into the eyes and ears, using the stethoscope, and tapping on the knees.
Sometimes your child needs to go to the doctor for something a little less routine so everything that he or she knows about the doctor will go out the window. One tip that we can give you is to ask the doctor or nurse what to expect in the office when you are making the appointment.
The best thing your can do for your child is to be honest with them. Tell them that they are going to have a procedure but that you are going to be there with them the whole time.
We hope that this advice will help you the next time you and your child visit your family doctor at SunSouth Medical Center.