Interacting with healthcare professionals can be challenging, stressful, and sensitive for many children as well as families. No matter whether you are going to visit the pediatricians for a routine checkup or planning to schedule an appointment with a primary care doctor, children might have fears or even feel stressed.
Is your child experiencing the same? Here are 7 experts' suggestions that will help you manage medical procedures at your child's doctor's appointments. Let's get started!
- Choose the time of appointment properly: That means to choose the visit time either at the first or the last of the day. By doing so, your child will not have to wait in the waiting room for a long time.
- Notify the schedulers earlier: It is essential to communicate with the scheduler or physician's office that your child has visiting problems.
- Involve your child in your plan: This will help your child create a plan that can help them be more prepared and be more willing to use it. Also, ask your child for their opinions about what would make the medical appointment better.
- The promise of some reward ahead of time: A word of some reward can help deal with challenges. The aim of setting a reward will help your child complete their medical procedure with less discomfort.
- Always make your child feel secure: Under any circumstances, you can make your child secure and protected by engaging in some of their favorite toys or everyday activities so that they can use them in the waiting area.
- Mock medical procedures: Practicing some mock procedures in your house is a great idea. Take an example of the doctor’s kit; this tool can be used for role-playing with your child before visiting the doctor.
- Rehearse the visit: Last but not least, make sure you practice the forthcoming visit to a doctor with your child. Not only once in a week or two, rehearse it across several days so that your child becomes familiar with the routine.
These tips mentioned above will make you prepare your young child for an upcoming visit to the doctor. But if you feel that your child's fear is getting in the way of their medical care or you have other worries about your child's emotional health, reach out to PatientMD. Doctors here will help your child with the right care and assist you with proper strategies to control the situation.
On the occasion of Child Health Day, let the parents take responsibility for their child’s well-being and the health and development of their children. PatientMD encourages families to be proactive in improving the health and welfare of their children!