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Taking your children to the doctor's office crying seems to be a part of the parenting experience, right? However, though, that doesn't have to be. With these tips, you'll learn how to make it a calm event.
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It is critical that you provide your child with quality
medical and dental care from an early age. Doing so may help catch and correct
medical or dental issues before they have an impact on his or her quality of
life both as a child and an adult. However, what can you do to ease your
child's mind if your son or daughter is scared of the doctor or dentist?
Most doctors or dentists allow parents to be in the room
with their children while receiving treatment. For some, this may make it
easier to sit through a physical exam or go through a routine cleaning without
a lot of fear or stress. This may be especially helpful for young children who
may believe that nothing bad can happen when mom or dad are present.
Children who are especially fearful of the doctor or dentist
may be given medication to either calm them down or put them to sleep during a
procedure. Typically, the child will be given a pill the night before an
appointment or given laughing gas during the appointment to put them at ease.
However, parents should talk with their child's doctor or dentist ahead of time
to ensure that medication can be given safely and effectively.
Games, toys or other distractions may be available to
children while they wait to see the doctor or pediatric dentist. If a child has
to undergo a minor procedure, the medical professional performing it may take
some time to explain what is about to happen. This may be done through the use
of cartoons or books that put the procedure in perspective or maybe even make
it seem like fun.
It may be a good idea to talk with your child about his or
her concerns prior to an appointment. It is possible that your son or daughter
is scared because of something that a classmate or an older sibling said that
isn't true or was meant to intentionally scare the child. To help ease your
child’s fears, make sure to visit a dentist, such as one from Schererville Family Dentistry,
who is experienced with working with children.
Your child should not be scared of a doctor or dentist and
should understand that they are there to help. While procedures may look scary
or like they will hurt, your son or daughter should rest assured that every
effort will be taken to ensure that they feel as little pain as possible.
Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys reading reading books out on the lake while kayaking.
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