When you go to your child’s doctor for a routine health checkup or for an illness, the time with your doctor is limited and there is usually a lot of ground to cover. So, it is better that you are well prepared for your appointment.
Prepare questions regarding the illness to clear your doubts and apprehensions such as:
Besides this, if you have a doubt or you don't understand something; don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment.
If your child knows he or she is going to the doctor, it can cause worry and apprehension. Children may have fear or apprehension even if it is a routine examination visit and not for an illness.
Some children may openly talk about their fears and guilt while others may harbor it secretly. You should talk to child about the visit and help them to express their fears and overcome them.
Some common concerns of a child about going to the doctor are:
Some practical ways to prepare your child for a doctor’s visit are:
Explain the reason for visit: Let them know that it is a regular health checkup. Tell them that the doctor will examine you and will just measure your height, weight and so on to know if you are growing well. Let them know that all children go for such visits. If your child is sick and is going for treatment of an illness--- explain that the doctor will examine to find out what is wrong and will give medicines to make you well.
Let your child know what to expect during the examination: You may discuss the things the doctor may do during the exam such as:
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