Parenting Issues: Child's Fear of Visiting the Doctor
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Parenting Issues: Child's Fear of Visiting the Doctor

Going to the doctor is not exactly one of life's pleasures. Even adults shun the idea. It is no picnic. Parents wield a great influence over their children in many ways. Their ideas and feelings about doctors and other people either teach a child to fear the physician or help him to accept periodic checkups in a matter-of-fact way.
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"Our three-year-old son needs regular medical checkups to follow up his neurologic problem from birth. Taking him to the doctor's office is a major operation. He screams, kicks, struggles - a very difficult challenge, because he weighs over 50 pounds. How can we modify his attitude about his doctor? It is always a nerve-wracking experience.

Going to the doctor is not exactly one of life's pleasures. Even adults shun the idea. It is no picnic.

Some medical practitioners refuse to be examined by their colleagues. A doctor lived with his enlarged thyroid glands and refused surgery until he succumbed to a fatal heart attack.

So how do we brainwash a three-year-old into looking forward to a visit to the doctor?

Parents wield a great influence over their children in many ways. Their ideas and feelings about doctors and other people either teach a child to fear the physician or help him to accept periodic checkups in a matter-of-fact way.

Here are a few guidelines to ease the problem.

  • Never use the doctor as a threat. Don't tell your child: "You better behave otherwise I'll take you to the doctor...he will give you an injection." Or, "If you fall off from the ledge, he will stitch you up like a rag doll."
  • Don't discuss painful surgeries or personal ordeals experienced at the doctor's clinic in your child's presence. Discourage relatives and friends from discussing similar incidents when children are around.
  • Always be truthful. If the child will get a shot, say: "The needle will hurt a bit, but it will be over very fast. The medicine will help you get well...you'll be able to come with us to visit Grandma on Sunday."
  • When administering disinfectant on wounds and skin abrasions, a hysterical child can be pacified if you apply the medication on unbroken skin first. There are healing solutions that do not smart.

In school, I would apply the medicine first on my arm or the arm of another child. Then I'd ask the child, "Did it hurt?" Because it was painless, the child answers: "No."

Before I discovered the painless solutions, I used a disinfectant which stung. I told my daughter: "It is hurting because the germs are dying." She accepted the idea and stopped screaming. As a general rule, try to establish a friendly relationship between your children and the physician long before your child gets ill. Periodic visits to the doctor - or to the dentist - give your children a happy concept that doctors are friendly human beings who help us stay healthy and well.

If we stay away from clinics and go there only when we need inoculations, minor or major surgeries, fear builds up in young minds - fear of the unknown.

Make your child feel secure in entrusting his body with a family friend when he is well, not only when ill. Then the business of periodic visits wouldn't be as nerve-wracking as those you experience now.

 

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Comments (2)

Great and informative subject.thanks

Lol, I have a dentist phobia when I was a kid, now I wore false teeth, thanks.

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