Many children are afraid to visit the doctor. This can be a fear of the unknown in some and a result of bad interactions in the past for others, but this kind of fear is distressingly common. As a parent, though, your goal is to help your child get past this fear. In many cases, the best way to do so is to make sure that you have honest conversations with your child about going to see his or her pediatrician.
Helping Children Understand What Doctors Do
The best place to start is to familiarize your child with what happens at the doctor. Let him or her ask you questions, and don’t be afraid to answer honestly. You obviously don’t need to get too technical with the answers, but you should be as honest as you can. Make sure that you always preface your information with the fact that everything that happens at the doctor’s office is done to help your child stay healthy.
It’s also a good idea to let your child express any fears he or she has. If he or she is afraid of being alone, for example, let him or her know that you’re going to be there. If your child is afraid of a shot, remind your child that the shot won’t hurt and that it will be over quickly. Anything you can do to acknowledge your child’s fears but to turn them into positives is a good thing.
Don’t be afraid to let your child know that going to the doctor is a normal part of life
Don’t be afraid to let your child know that going to the doctor is a normal part of life. Make it part of a bigger day out if you can, but consider adding a reward for going if your child absolutely can’t handle going otherwise. Sometimes that small bit of positive reinforcement is all that it will take to get your child into the doctor’s office willingly.