A trip to the doctor’s can be stressful enough for most adults, but is especially nerve wracking for children. They may be concerned that something is “wrong” with them, that you won’t be there with them during the checkup, that the doctor may be mean to them or that they may have to get a shot. As a parent, you can help your child feel better about going to the doctor. Keep reading to learn how you can your next visit to a pediatrician in El Cajon a little easier for you and your child.
Let Them Bring a Special Toy
Your child may feel a bit better about their visit if they’re able to bring their favorite truck, doll or stuffed animal with them. This can help them keep their mind off their worries while they wait for the pediatrician to call them in for their checkup. Being able to bring a doll or stuffed animal also gives them something to hug and comfort themselves with whenever they feel scared through the visit. It could even potentially serve as a conversation piece for them and their doctor; there’s a good chance the pediatrician could see and comment on the toy. Talking about their special toy with their doctor will help your child to feel more comfortable about their visit to a pediatrician in El Cajon.
Have a Conversation About Their Worries
If your child is old enough to have a conversation with you, it may help to chat with them about their feelings. Give them a heads up at least a few days in advance about their upcoming appointment. Let them know why they will be going to the doctor and what will happen during the visit. Knowing how their appointment will work ahead of time will make it much easier for them to get through the appointment in a more relaxed state of mind.
You can find a pediatrician in El Cajon for your child by calling Children’s Physicians Medical Group at 1-877-276-4543 or visiting their website.
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