Visiting the Doctor

 

There is no doubt that a visit to the doctor can be intimidating for anyone, be they an adult or a child. As your child grows older and becomes more aware of his visits to the doctor, a little apprehension can be expected. Being sympathetic and recognizing his feelings are the first steps in helping him overcome his fear.

In addition, you will want to talk to your toddler beforehand and let him know what to expect. Explain how visiting the doctor can help keep him healthy and how a doctor can help him feel better if he gets sick.

Don't tell your toddler that a doctor's visit won't hurt. You can't guarantee that, and if it does he will have lost his faith in you assurances for the next visit.

Always be up front and honest with your child. Don't try to slip a doctor's appointment into a trip that was supposed to take him to the park. This will just help to build distrust.

Schedule your appointments around your child's naptime or mealtime. Avoid peak hours at the doctor’s office so that the staff is more apt to be helpful, rather than rushing you along.

Even if the doctor's visit is a disaster, schedule something pleasant afterwards. Going out for ice cream or going to the park will give your toddler something to look forward to. This will also help to end the day on a happy note.