Friday, October 24, 2008

DOCTOR PHOBIA


From TODAY, Voices
Thursday October 23, 2008

By Dr Bill Maier

The only thing worse than going to the doctor is taking your toddler to the doctor!

What child wouldn’t be afraid of an examination room with all those mirrors and needles and rubber gloves?

Most two-year-olds don’t even have nightmares that scary.

So before you go, why not take time to prepare your children?

Talk to them a few days before the appointment and frame the experience as a positive one.

You might say something like,

“Guess what you get to do? You get to go see Dr Smith for a check up. When Sally went he gave her a special toy!”

You might even buy a toy doctor kit for them to play with, and show them how the doctor is going to listen to their heart and look into their ears.

Remember, how you prepare your toddler for a doctor visit makes all the difference in how they’ll react to the experience.
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