Children are innocent and come out with lots of questions and queries about doctor visit but the problem arises when they deny going for the visit and start feeling scared about it. Generally a child scare about injection and the whole scenario inside the clinic make them feel uncomfortable with the smell, sounds, and unfamiliar sights. Though modern clinics and nursing homes are well maintained and nice decorated still you can’t expect such things from a child until and unless they are prepared for it. This blog is for every parent who faces such challenges in making the child comfortable during a visit to the child specialist. So, here we start with some tips for making the child prepare for the visit.
Tips for preparing your child for a doctor visit
Tell them about the appointment in advance
Children never like surprises especially when it is related to a doctor's visit. You are not giving any gift so try to avoid surprises because it’s because it makes them scare and welcome anxieties. Don’t give them stress and tell them about the good things about the doctor and the clinic. Inform them before two days because informing them before one week will also make a bad impact on the child about visiting the doctor. Sometimes, a child will start giving excuses but you must represent the information with a smiling face to make his excited about the appointment.
Don’t make them scare by saying they are going for any treatment or the doctor is very rude. Making the child scare about the appointment will bring out lots of problems. Stay calm and tell the child that the doctor is a friend and he is going to examine you to make you stronger so that you will play better. Making a good impression about the doctor and his clinic will help the child to cooperate with the situation and also bring confidence and willingness altogether.
Explain the purpose of the visit
The most common question asked by any child after hearing about the doctor's visit is “Why should I need to visit the doctor?” Try to make the child comfortable and never scold him by saying “Why you are asking such a question?” Make the thing simple and easy by explaining the reason or purpose behind the visit. Tell him that a doctor is one who takes the best care of your health and he will find out if there is any issue arises inside the body. The doctor will fix the health issue and you will feel better.”
Tell your child more about the clinic
Just like you tell your child about the game parlor or Movie Theater you must give a clear description of the doctor’s clinic. Try to make a good impression of the clinic by explaining the good things related to the waiting room, doctor’s chamber, interiors, and friendly behavior of the doctor. Make them feel excited by sharing the information that the doctor will give chocolate or candy after the check-up.
Make the child feel comfortable
Anxiety, fear, and nervousness will spoil the visit completely so you need to be conscious about the child’s mood. Try to make the child comfortable and don’t react differently. Try to behave normal and never show anything extra. Make the child feel easy with the scenario till the time you are in the waiting room.
Distract your child’s attention
Children are a good observer and they will observe each and everything inside the clinic and might get afraid of it. Another child coming to the clinic might start crying and this might make your child getting nervous with the scenario. So, it is better to distract the attention of the child by telling him a joke or story. Otherwise, play some games on your mobile and engage your child in play.
Finally, once you meet the doctor, the doctor will make you feel better because a child specialist is one who knows everything about any child, their nature and their expectations. A child the specialist will make the child happy by asking some question and start examining to identify the cause.