How to keep children at ease at the doctor’s office

Although your children visit their pediatrician’s office for lots of reasons, including well-child appointments, what they likely remember the most are the painful trips: the shots, the illnesses, the medicines. That’s why it’s not surprising that many children build up an anxiety to doctor visits in general. Even if your child has never been ill, they probably have anxious feelings about a visit to a healthcare professional.

For starters, they might be afraid of the doctor in general. Or perhaps they see medical tools, such as needles, and wonder what those are for. Or they may have seen an adult or another child undergo a traumatic experience in a medical setting, and internalize that fear.

There are steps that you can take to help your child either minimize or do away with their fears, and understand the importance of visiting a doctor in both sickness and health. Use this graphic to work through common fears and remedies.

 

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