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Toddlers and fear of the doctor's office

Healthcare   |   Age: 2 years 5 months



Toddlers and fear of the doctor's office

Looking through a toddler’s eyes, it’s easy to see why a trip to the doctor can be a pretty scary outing. For starters, it’s an unfamiliar environment for most little ones, who may have only gone in for regular checkups, which fall far enough apart that it isn’t a part of their regular routines, and when they have been there more often, it’s generally because they’ve been sick, which isn’t a very good association, and as her memory gets better, she can also better remember unpleasant things like shots, evaluations, or illnesses.

Finally, at this stage, many toddlers are also apprehensive when it comes to strangers, and there are plenty of new faces meeting and greeting your baby at her appointments. So while the fear is an understandable response, it’s up to you to keep her at ease when a doctor’s visit can’t be avoided. Here are some tips for helping her get ready for (and get through) her next visit.

The doctor’s office is a fairly normal fear for toddlers and young children, but since your baby will be going in for checkups regularly all her life, learning not to be afraid will only help her out as she grows.


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