Fear is one of the basic human emotions. Children can express fears about many things. Especially when children see a doctor, many children will be very resistant. What can parents do to ease their children's resistance?
Equipped with a "doctor's bag", play the role-playing game of a doctor with your child at home.
Bring a special "doctor's bag" with a toy stethoscope, thermometer, and more. This way your child can play doctor games and use a doll to pretend to be your child's "patient".
Talk about what's going to happen: "We came to the hospital, and the nurse aunt received us. We went to pick up the number and waited in the corridor." "Take the doll for examination, why is she uncomfortable?" "The doctor said the doll needs an injection, We accompany her for injections."
Parents should try to relax as much as possible when doing examinations and injections in the hospital.
Hospitals are places that children don’t usually come into contact with. Hospitals are often noisy, serious, people come and go, and the atmosphere is sometimes depressing. If children are at an age where strangers are obviously anxious, it is easy to resist the hospital setting. Adults, please relax your mind first, and bring some toys and snacks that children like to accompany them to distract their attention. It is best to reserve enough time during the medical treatment process to prevent adults from worrying and passing on their anxiety to children.
Don't deny your child's feelings, do a good job of explaining them.
The injection is painful, please don't deny your child's feelings. You can say, "You may feel a little pain, hold my hand when it hurts." During the checking, explain to your child what the checking is currently doing. "The doctor needs to check your back, and now you need to sit in the chair and don't move so the doctor can see better." Sometimes the child is upset/frightened because he doesn't understand the current situation.
Don't make unreal promises.
It is obvious that you are taking your child to be vaccinated, and you are worried that the child will resist. You may say: "Just let the doctor take a look, no injections." Please don't make such unreal promises. This will reduce the child's trust in you, and you will not have the credibility to give the child strength.
Allow the child to cry.
When the child is crying, please understand and allow the child's bad temper and allow the child's true emotions to be expressed. We use distraction to ease the child's mood. Sometimes, the child's resistance to going to the hospital may be a painful memory left by the previous experience of going to the hospital, which requires a relatively good memory to replace the previous painful memory. Need more comfort from us.
Preschoolers often experience fearful emotions, such as bugs, dogs, darkness, clowns, and even vacuum cleaners. Sometimes their fears are broader—many are afraid of new situations or meeting new people. This is because their imaginations are very rich. We can talk to the child about their fears, try not to laugh (sometimes the child understands to feel inferior and angry for laughing), and show him that it is normal to have fears by comforting and guiding him, such as talking about your experience, or guiding Children look at the performance of other children at the scene. Trying to convince your child that there is no reason to be afraid is counterproductive and may make the child think you don't understand him and that he needs to act more scared to resonate with you. You can say, "I know you're scared right now. I'll check with you, I'll be by your side. I'll tell the doctor to be gently." Parental companionship and support are a child's greatest strengths against fear.