This is the simplest trick to make your kid’s doctor visit fun and fearless!

We all dread it! Be it cold, cough, fever or a regular check up, taking your kid to the doctors just means endless attempts of convincing and consoling. However, let’s give it to them! Children tend to get anxious with new faces or new places, let alone flashing a smile at your pediatrician or staying calm once you reach there. However, these simple yet effective tips will put an end to his fears and also make your job simpler. Try it now!

1. Accompany your child

This is mainly for parents who go to work. No matter what the situation, make sure you accompany your kid to the clinic. Sometimes the kid’s grandparents or the caretaker end up taking the kid to the doctor but this might only worsen the scenario. Children tend to calm down when they see their mother or father comfortable in the new locale and that the parents also trust the doctor.

2. Do a little role play

In order to ease the anxiety and help them feel secure, try doing a role play before your appointment. Pretend to be the doctor and examine your kid’s mouth, eyes, ears, etc. This will make them familiar with what happens at the clinic and also know what to expect when you go there.

3. Promise treats and get them done

Of course making the kid understand is the first option, but our little ones need something more than that. Go on and promise a little something for every doctor visit. It could be as simple as taking him to the park, buying a toy or his favourite ice cream.

4. Distract your child

Finally, when at the hospital, make sure you distract him. Carry his favourite toy or book so that he is busy and not anxious. Also, make sure the hospital has a child-friendly atmosphere. Most hospitals these days have play areas for kids. If not anything, talk about their favourite cartoon or superhero.

5. Never negate their fears

Last but definitely not the least, never say things like ‘it’s not going to hurt’ or ‘don’t be afraid’. This is only going to give them false hopes and make things worse when reality hits. Instead, tell them it is an unpleasant thing, but the pain is not forever and that it will make them stronger.

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