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What if the child is afraid of doctors?

How to help the child overcome the fear of "white coats" and make sure that after leaving the medication cabinet, he had a smile on his face?

What if the child is afraid of doctors?

We play in the hospital. 

The game is easiest to give the correct behavior algorithm. Buy a toy doctor's kit and "invite to the reception" of dolls and bears. Hold the "reception" according to all the rules: say hello, meet you. Then start listening, examining, measuring the temperature and writing prescriptions. Change roles with the child. Play honestly, enter the role, otherwise the child will feel the falsity and the game will not be of use.

We take toys with us. 

From about two years old children are already able to talk about their experiences, and parents need to learn how to listen carefully to them. Getting into the bright office, looking at the doctor's white robe, the children turn out to be devoid of emotions: the white color on the scale is cold and neutral, and this already upsets the child. Therefore, the therapist's office should be filled with bright warm colors. Take some toys with you, put them on the couch next to the baby and it will become much more comfortable. Favorite toy will perform the functions of an ideal friend and help dispel all fears.

Do not lose contact.

Try not to leave the child alone in the office with strangers even for a few minutes. During the reception, hold the baby by the hand or shoulder, smile. The kid should feel your support every second, hear a tender parent voice and calm benevolent intonations.

More gifts: good and different. 

Leaving the baby for a minute in front of the office, ask the doctor at the end of the examination to give the patient a gift. Of course, you know that it will please your son or daughter, and leave it to the doctor who will later get an unexpected surprise from the desk drawer. A small toy, a delicious candy, a mysterious casket, a colored ball will be fixed in the child's mind, that the doctor is kind and should not be afraid of him. The next time, remind that the doctor gives gifts, and a visit to the clinic will be welcome.

Only truth. 

If you know that the procedure will be painful and unpleasant, say so. Do not assure me that it will not be painful and scary. Otherwise, after experiencing unexpected discomfort, the child will blame the doctor for everything. After all, in the child's understanding, parents can not be bad and probably they themselves did not know what the beloved child was doomed to, sending him to the injection. If the deception is repeated, fears will be fixed. Even worse, if the baby decides that it is possible to deceive and this is the norm in the relationship between people, then later he will start deceiving you, and it will not only be medicine anymore.

Praise in the presence of others. 

The son did not even make a noise when he donated blood? Daughter courageously endured the prick? Do not forget to praise the child several times. Repeat the praise in the evening in the presence of the grandparents, tell about it in the kindergarten. It is better to do this as if by accident, but that the child must have heard how proud you are of him. Such praise will lead to the desire to behave even better next time.

What if the child is afraid of doctors?
Correctly motivated. 

Explain the purpose of your trip to the doctor and the treatment in general. We do this so that it does not hurt to be healthy. We should drink medicine (go to the hospital, gargle ...), then do not inject. If you explain the need for treatment to the child, and not leave it in the unknown, the psychological trauma from the illness will be much less.


... the child falls into a stupor before the office.

Sometimes, despite all the preparations, just before the doctor's door the child flatly refuses to go to the reception, the adult should exchange roles with him. Say: "Then I go!" And go through the whole examination, in front of the intimidated child, while maintaining a good mood. At the end of the impromptu performance it's fun to propose: "Now come on!" Usually works.

... the negative is formed

If a child of school age has developed a strong rejection of a doctor or medicine in general, it is necessary to understand the causes of the phenomenon. To specify the fears it is worth going to a consultation of a child psychologist. The specialist will test the child and give specific advice on correcting the situation.

... the child needs to be put in a hospital

We must calmly inform him about this, explain the necessity and importance of the event. Try to find in the stay in the hospital positive aspects. If the child is sociable, say that there he will certainly find new friends. If not, try to provide it with what he likes. Music, books, drawing can brighten up the period of treatment. When visiting a child, remember that the visit should last an hour and a half (this is the time it takes for adaptation) and the meeting will be useful, and short visits only upset. Talking with the baby on the mobile phone, do not ask: "How are you?", And ask questions that help find positive emotions: "How did you get settled? With whom did he meet? What can be seen from the chamber window? "In the process of communication, the child will calm down and understand that everything is not so bad.


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