Explain in advance
Even if your toddler or child isn’t talking yet, it’s important to explain that you are going to visit a doctor – a person that can make everyone feel better. It is worth talking about medical help and why doctors are so important. Explain the reason why you have to go to the clinic or hospital so your child understands how important it is.
Be around your child
Having a parent around makes the child feel comfortable. Sometimes, you may have grandparents accompany them to the paediatricians. But thinking from a child’s perspective, they need to see their mommy or daddy around. The last thing a child wants to see is that he or she is around unfamiliar faces which may render another round of those unbearable tantrums.
Distraction is the remedy
This may not be a do-all but certainly, assists in keeping your kid’s panic under control. Keep them distracted by reading them the ‘Goldilocks’ or buy them the doctor’s kit and coat so they can play and pretend what might happen in the doctor’s room. This may help take off the doctor’s fear from the child’s mind. Best would be to bring their favourite stuffed teddy or the miniature car along.
Avoid talks that confuse them
Let’s face it–we fear doctor shots as much as kids do. No matter what you say, your child is hardly going to be the obedient one about it. Better refrain from using words that may confuse them. ‘Don’t be afraid’, ‘It won’t hurt’, ‘Don’t cry’, ‘She won’t do anything to you’, are words that make kids’ minds think the exact opposite. Try and be positive around them. Pacify them by saying, ‘You’re a strong kid’, ‘It will be over before you know’, etc.
Coat it up with sweets and candies
Provide your kid something to look forward to. This much is clear that nothing but how you wrap it up for your child can make the doctor’s visit pleasant. Praise them, hug them, and shower them with kisses. Try taking them to a candy or ice-cream shop to win them over. This might just make the next trip a lot easier.