Along with clothing and supplies, back to school time means visits to the doctor for physicals and immunizations. For a young child, the doctor’s office can be a scary place, making it difficult for a youngster to understand why these visits are important. Often times, the experience may be stressful – for both kids and their parents.
If your child gets nervous about going to the doctor, Dr. Mayrene Hernandez of UnitedHealthcare (www.uhc.com) says don’t give up hope. She is available to discuss these tips to put a child’s anxiety at ease:
1. Prepare your child for what to expect. Talk about what may happen at their next check-up. But try to avoid making promises that may be broken during the visit, like whether they are getting a shot or not. You may consider reading books, watching shows or playing with a toy medical kit to help develop expectations about what happens at the doctor.