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  Becca McClure   February 29, 2016   Children, Urgent Care, Child, Doctor, Fear 0 Comments

How to prepare your child for visits to an urgent care center

Velocity Care offers ways to calm your child’s fear of the doctor

Kid at doctorLet’s face it, going to the doctor or an urgent care clinic can be a very scary thought for children, especially if they’ve never been before. Many adults fear visiting the doctor (and the dentist) due to their own experiences as children. Velocity Care understands the importance of successful visits at a young age to ensure that health care is maintained throughout life.

What are some ways to better prepare your child for a regular checkup with the doctor or an emergency visit to a walk-in clinic?

It’s never too early to familiarize your child with white coats and stethoscopes. One way to do so is to read to your child, and there are many great books you can use to teach your child about visits to the doctor and urgent care.

Books to ease the fear

We suggest reading books about visiting the hospital, the doctor and even the dentist to encourage a pleasant experience for you and your child. Some of our favorites include:

  • Curious George Goes to the Hospital, Margret Rey and H.A. Rey.
  • Franklin Goes to the Hospital, Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark.
  • Going to the Hospital, Anna Civardi and Stephen Cartwright.
  • Sesame Street: Let’s Go to the Doctor, Renee Tawa and Tom Brannon.
  • The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, Stan and Jan Berenstain.
  • Barney Goes to the Dentist, Publishing Lyrick.

Interactive reading

When you’re reading one of these books to your child, it’s always a good idea to show your child what he or she might experience while at an urgent care clinic. For example:

  • Ask your child to stick out his or her tongue.
  • Check your child’s blood pressure by giving his or her arm a good “hug.”
  • Listen to your child’s chest and back with a stethoscope.
  • Tap on your child’s knees.
  • Tickle your child’s feet.

You can also do these things on your child’s favorite stuffed animal. Bringing that same stuffed animal to the checkup could be comforting to your child and a reminder of what the doctor might do during the visit.

More tips and tricks

  • If your child is sick, call ahead and ask what the doctor will need to do during the visit. This way, you can prepare your child for what might happen ahead of time.
  • Avoid saying, “This won’t hurt,” or “You won’t feel a thing.” This can create distrust. Instead, say things like, “We are going to get through this together!” or “You’re being so brave!”
  • Emphasize that doctors want to keep your child healthy and help your child feel better, making the doctor sound as positive as possible.

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center has several locations to make your child’s visit as easy and convenient as possible. We hope that your child has a positive experience visiting the doctor, and we are here to answer any questions that you or your child may have.

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This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

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