One of the biggest fears of many children is seeing the doctor or dentist. After all, either this is a new experience, or they’ve had some bad experiences. First of all, try to help them see things in a positive way without being dishonest. As a parent, you can help them get over their fear with some tips.
Be Honest About the Visit
Since children can be smarter than what they may seem, they can tell lies from the truth. This means any lies you may tell, no matter how well-intentioned, will be hurtful and make things even more scary. For instance, if they ask if something will be painful and you say no, they’ll feel betrayed upon finding out the truth. Instead, try being sensitive to their feelings by telling them it may hurt, but it will be over soon.
Make Them Know They’re Safe
One of the main reasons children have a fear is because they may be afraid of the unknown. Again, for this reason, remember to be honest with them without overdoing it. Additionally, be sure to tell them they’ll be safe, because you’ll be with them the whole time. Remember to only make promises you intend to keep, so they know they can trust you based off of your actions.
Educate Them in a Fun Way
You can get your kids in a better mood by utilizing creativity. For example, have them print out some coloring pages of dentists or doctors they’d like to color. You can also have them draw or paint a family dentist or doctor for fun. After these are finished, hang them on the wall or refrigerator. As they create their artwork, you can tell them a bit about how their visit will be.
Give Them a Gift
Before the visit, you can promise them a gift. No matter what happens, be sure to give them these, so they don’t feel like you fooled them. Giving gifts afterwards gives your children something to look forward to. Furthermore, this will probably be helpful in keeping them distracted from any discomfort they may feel during the appointment.
Whenever you feel frustrated with your kids, try reminding yourself to be grateful for them. You can take a deep breath, and commit to have a positive mindset. Besides this, always remember they’re worth all of your efforts. The future of your family’s health and well-being depends on how well you treat yourself and your children.
By Emma Sturgis