In our last blog, we talked about some of the fears that might be preventing your child from having a good trip to the doctor’s office. They can be afraid of having to leave you, their parent or they could be afraid that they will need to have an injection. We would like to dive deeper into this and help you ease the fear and anxiety from your child’s shoulders when it comes to visiting their primary care physician.
Explain the visit
Whether you are going to your family doctor because your child is sick or it is a well-child visit, your child should know why they are going to the doctor, even if it is obvious. You will want to make sure that you don’t use scary language so that they are at ease. Let them know that the doctor needs to examine them so that they can see how your child is developing and growing or to find out why they are sick. It is also a good idea to give your child notice that they are going to the doctor.
Address guilty feelings
Some children may have feelings of guilt when it comes to going to the doctor and being sick. They may not be able to express what they are feeling. It is key that you let them know that being sick is not their fault. They should also know that going to the doctor is not a punishment whether they broke the rules and got hurt or just have a bad cold. Make sure that you talk about going to the doctor in a positive light instead of a negative one. This will help kids understand that going to the doctor is a good idea.
There are more tips that we would like to share but it will have to wait until our next blog. In the meantime, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for your child at SunSouth Medical Center. We have years of experience when it comes to working with children.