Due to our experience providing child care in Perth for children from suburbs such as Wattle Grove, we have seen a lot of sick children. We have seen enough that we now recommend taking your child to the doctor at the first sign of illness. Typically, one sick child can spread his cold or flu to a lot of other children and adults at a childcare centre or a school.
Consequently, we encourage parents to take their children to the doctor when they are ill. That lessens the likelihood of children or adults catching colds or flu, including your child.
Some children aren’t afraid to go to the doctor. For many, letting them know that the doctor is going to “make you feel better” is enough to make the child want to go to the doctor. If your child doesn’t mind going to the doctor, count your blessings.
Fear of Doctors
However, some children are afraid to go to the doctor’s office. This can be for a number of reasons. Usually, it is because they don’t want an injection. As an adult, you have probably developed a high enough pain threshold that injections don’t really hurt you. They may be a minor annoyance, but they aren’t really going to cause you pain. For children, injections hurt. Try to remember how they felt when you were a child.
What to Do About It
The best way to help your child not be afraid of the doctor’s office is to be honest about it. Some don’t tell their child they are going to the doctor until they are there. Some tell their child before they leave the house. There is no “one size fits all” solution for the timing. Some children would rather know first and some would rather not know until they get there.
The more you can tell your child about what is going to happen at the doctor’s office, the less uncertainty and fear they will have.
Contact us to learn more.