Heading to the doctor with your daughter can sometimes be a scary or a not so pleasant visit. Turning a not so pleasant visit into a positive experience can be a little tricky. Take a look at doing a few simple things before, during and after your child’s visit that can take the stress level down or even out completely.
Making sure your daughter gets the best care that she can is what’s important. See how these steps can help you not only choose the right doctor but make doctors visits easier. And get the best health care in return.
The first thing on your agenda should be to choose the right physician. Ask your most trusted parent friends and your own physician for a referral. After they have given you a few names make sure you research the pediatrician. Make sure their bedside manners are a good fit. If you value holistic treatments, make sure the provider will consider natural treatment options. As apart of their procedure doctors welcome a consultation before your first appointment, which can alleviate some of the initial-visit jitters.
Kids are very perceptive – meaning they pick up on things very easy - especially you stressing. Keep in mind kids learn from watching and acting just what they see. So they will easily become stressed and scared. Prepare yourself before attending your daughter’s doctor’s visit - this will ultimately cut down on stress. Prepare a list of notes of unusual behaviors, illnesses and allergies that has occurred. Also, include eating and sleeping habits to help the doctor better access your child. If there are school forms that require completion by the doctor make sure you bring them along as well. All will make for a worry-free doctors visit.
Keeping a positive attitude and healthy smile during this process helps your child welcome the doctor’s visit. You can also inform your child of what to expect during the visit with picture books. Help her understand that all visits are to ensure that she stays healthy. Explain that together with her assistance, her parents and the doctor – all can work together as a team to keep her healthy. To top off the doctors visit you can choose a spot for a treat. The whole process of a stress free doctor’s visit will make your child feel she has a hand in her own care.
The idea of going to the doctor’s office can make anyone a little anxious or nervous – whether you are 2 or 82. I’d say that keeping a journal of you and your family’s health is the best practice. Keeping your doctor informed of all of your health concerns will help make for an easy and informative visit – for the whole family. Whether it’s you or your child!
When you have a doctor you know and trust, you feel comfortable talking about anything. And, all your basic care – including routine exams, goes a lot smoother and easier.
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