Doctor Visits: Making Them Go Better
Does your child dread going to the doctor's office? If so the following tips may make it easier.
- First: Schedule an appointment at a time when your youngster won't be needing a nap. Also feed him beforehand so he won't be hungry.
- Second: Bring a stuffed animal, security blanket, pacifier, or snack with you to keep him busy in the waiting room. These may also help him quiet down during parts of the exam.
- Third: To make the physical exam go easier, practice at home holding still for looking in the ears, opening his mouth real wide and taking deep breaths through an open mouth. By all means, don't let anyone tickle him; this will interfere with ever getting a reliable exam of the abdomen.
- Finally: If he is over 2 years of age and fearful because of previous shots or procedures, try to help him re-associate the doctor's office with more pleasant events. Whenever you are in the neighborhood, drop in to say hello to his nurses and doctors. Just stay for a few minutes but encourage your youngster to give people hugs. Then give him a treat. This approach will gradually make him look forward to the visits.
If you have questions about your child's health, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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