For many children, a visit to the doctor is an anxiety-laden experience. Many pediatricians try to alleviate these stresses by making their office as comfortable as possible, but the office is still filled with sights and sounds that seem exotic and alien to a child’s mind. Luckily, there are a number of precautions you can take to minimize the impact on your child’s psyche.
Be Open and Honest
The expectation of an immunization is often more painful than the needle itself, but parents shouldn’t obfuscate what to expect from the experience. When your child is concerned about a shot or blood prick, let them know that it’s a possibility while reassuring them that it’s nothing to be concerned about. Prepare your toddler for the visit by treating the opportunity as a learning exercise. Reading books or engaging in role playing can help take the mystique out of the experience.