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Oct 31, 2017
Health Tip of the Week
Going to the doctor can be a scary experience for young children, and overwhelming even as they get older. You can help ease your child’s worries and make the visit go more smoothly by taking steps to prepare and support your child in positive ways.
Children and adolescents often have very intense fears and worries about what will happen during a visit to the doctor. You can help by listening to your child’s worries and addressing them with simple, honest answers. A child’s worries about going to the doctor might include:
Creating positive medical experiences at a young age will help your child develop healthy habits and a healthy attitude toward medical care that will carry into adolescence and adulthood.
Contributed by: Melanie Hoynoski, CCLS, CTLS, Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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