Friday, November 30, 2012

Taking Your Child to the Doctor? Five Tips to Help Them Say “Ah” with Confidence (Giveaway for Baskin-Robbins Gift Card!)

Guest post by Nicole Fonovich, co-creator of the “Luca Lashes” app/eBook Series

Winter is on its way, and everyone knows what that means. Not skiing, not hot chocolate, not kissing under the mistletoe. Colder temps bring cold and flu season, sick kids and doctor’s offices. (Cue sniffles and sneezing.) Any self-preserving individual will avoid sick people like the plague. But if you’re the parent of a young child, you might not have a choice. Here are five life-changing tips for bringing your sick child to the doctor’s office and surviving the sniffle season ahead.

1. Avoid it at all costs.


Crying babies, snotty noses, heat-seeking germ missiles that love to embed themselves inside busy working mothers -- these are all the things that await you at the doctor’s office! So if you can avoid it, do. The most efficient way is to have your child immunized. This requires some preemptive planning. Go early; the sooner the better. That way you can avoid all the mayhem of bringing a sick child to a doctor’s office full of other sick kids.

2. Choose wisely.


When it comes to sticking sharp things into your child’s skin, the friendlier the better. Don’t just settle for the first pediatrician who accepts your health insurance. Look for a doctor who works well with your child’s personality. Ideally, it is someone who is great at distractions. “Dear sick little baby, here is a cute, fuzzy little bear.” The needle will be in and out before your baby knows what hit her. Be picky when it comes to your child’s doctor. You’re the one who will end up paying on the car ride home.

3. When all else fails … play doctor!


So, you’ve done your best. You got your child immunized; you disinfected every surface in your house; you even kept her away from the coughing kid at the playground. But she still came down with the flu. What's worse than a sick, irritable kid? A sick kid who is terrified of the doctor. You have no choice. She’s spiked a fever and it’s not coming down. Before you drag baby to the doctor, prepare her for what to expect. Buy a toy doctor kit with things like a stethoscope, shot dispenser, and a fake plastic hammer. She will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the doctor and associate them with fun rather than fear.

4. In the waiting room, play some more.

Waiting rooms are germy places, and the last thing you want is to get infected yourself or to make your child even sicker. This is where your handy dandy iPad comes in use. It can provide great entertainment and distraction without having to share any germs.

5. Take control for your baby.

Be a model for your child. Project confidence, not fear when at the doctor. Make sure to ask plenty of questions and get all the answers you need. Bring a pen and paper, take notes, and be inquisitive. This helps your child see the doctor as a resource for help and information. There’s no need for nervousness here.

With these tips you can turn a potentially dreadful experience into a lot of fun for your child (and yourself), one that they will be eager to repeat in the future. Regular doctor’s visits will be a piece of cake after this, allowing children to enjoy an important part of a lifetime of health benefits.

Nicole and Damir Fonovich are co-authors of Luca Lashes Visits the Doctor, available at all app/ebook marketplaces. For more helpful suggestions, visit the Luca Lashes YouTube Channel and LucaLashes.com.

GIVEAWAY

Enter the Luca Lashes contest!

Readers: Comment on this post with your most interesting story of taking your kid(s) to the doctor and you’ll be entered to win a gift pack complete with a toy doctor kit, fun Band-aids and a $20 Baskin-Robbins gift card for use after their next appointment! This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only and will end at 11:59 PM EST on December 7, 2012.

60 comments:

  1. I was always so thrilled that my oldest son would never cry during immunizations - I felt so lucky!

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  2. My son was a champ he never cried. He did cry when I put him in Santa's lap!!!!!

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  3. I took my daughter to get shots before school and after they gave her the shot, she was screaming and yelling and mad that the doctor gave her the shot so when the nurse came in to try and calm her down she told the nurse she didnt like that dsoctor and she was going to fight her up!! LOL I had to giggle a bit when she kept saying that and so did the nurse!
    aritenour1979@aol.com

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  4. They are always really nervous just before but always do really well. They don't even cry. I always take them to get something to eat after.

    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  5. My older daughter cries for about 30 seconds and it is all over. My youngest is 4 months. I nurse her while she is getting her shots and she is fine, barely a response.
    owner@123child.com

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  6. My son had an extreme fear of shots... the nurses, doctors and I tried everything to distract him and hold him still, but nothing worked until I discovered he'd sit still if I gave him a lolly pop during the shot. That was the trick that worked. :)

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  7. I sit my kids down and explain quietly the process and what I expect from them. I downplay any potential fears. I make sure the doctor gives me a shot in front of them. They took to it really well!

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  8. As we were waiting in the DR office my toddler son asked a pregnant lady what her tummy was so big. She said there was a baby inside. Then he went to a lady with a LARGE chest and asked if there was a baby in there too. Couldn't wait for the doctor to come. She was also pregnant, but luckily he didn't ask any more questions because she gave him a sucker for waiting so long in the waiting room. EMBARRASSING!
    deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
    xoxo

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  9. My son doesn't cry when getting a shot unless you try to distract him. Afterward we always get a treat.

    nickieisis3atgmaildotcom

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  10. I hate taking my son to the doctor.. we rarely go and we don't vaccinate. He is healthy so we rarely go to the doctor.. only for physical exams.

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  11. We just went to the Dr today. my son loves how the Dr plays with him and especially loves him now that we found the right dose of his reflux medication
    Sarah at realtorsd.com
    Sarah Davis

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  12. my daughter was super brave while at the Er.. no tears for a huge cut on her chin!

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  13. The most memorable time at the doctor's office was when my husband was holding my son on his lap while the doctor was examining him and my son had diaharea and it ran out his diaper all over my husband. It stunk so bad the doctor excused himself until we could get the situation taken care of. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

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  14. my daughter went to the doctor recently and had a shot, she was brave

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  15. HORTON111@AOL.COM

    THE FIRST FEW TIMES, THEY DID NOT CRY...BUT AFTER A FEW TRIPS WHEN WE SAT DOWN THEY BEGAN TO CRY...I THINK THEY KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO GET A SHOT

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  16. My son is always fascinated when he gets stitches...

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  17. My daughter when she was a little younger always loved to put things up her nose. One time she put a bean in her nose and it got stuck! So we had to go to the emergency room to have it removed in the middle of the night, she was a champ though never cried once just stood there smiling with the bean in her nose so we could go to the hospital. I guess she liked it so much she tried it again later with chalk! Kids.

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  18. My daughter was abot 5yrs old,sitting down as her Doctor told us it was time for more shots, and she calmly stood up and started to walk away!

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  19. My daughter hated getting a shot and the next time I took her in for a check up she had a fit. I had a horrible time convincing her she wasn't going to get another shot.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  20. My most interesting experience is when I took my son for his shots and he screamed as soon as he saw the building and continued to do so until we left 30 minutes later ;)

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  21. Our kids doctor is excellent with children, she lets them touch her equipment first before the exam. It helps relax them.

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  22. My daughter was so great at her last trip to the doctor. She just kept looking at the doctor with these big eyes. But then she got her shots... and then she wasn't as happy.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  23. The doctor was giving her a shot and she did not know because the doctor told her to turn towards the poster and read aloud what was on it and then while she was reading the shot was being injected. After she finished reading, she turned and saw the needle in the doctor's hand and the doctor said all done and she ran so fast screaming and crying that the doctor poisoned her...that was probably the most tiring day of my life but I laughed so hard it was just too funny:)!!! mslamani(at)hotmail(dot)com THANK YOU SO SO SOOO VERY MUCH:)!!!

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  24. My older son is so scared of shots, when he was 4 he kicked and knocked over a nurse who was not prepared while giving him a shot. Now I hug him while he gets the shot
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

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  25. When my son was a baby he went to the doctor for a checkup and he peed on the doctor's tie, before I could get his diaper back on.
    winit6@hotmail.com

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  26. My daughter was playing foursquare when she & another child both went for the ball and it dislocated the growth plate. When she went back to class she was in a lot of pain & her teacher told her to tough it out! So she came home & I'm a nurse & immediately knew it was either broken or dislocated so I immediately took her to the dr's where he asked her if she wanted pain meds before he reset it and she said yes but he grabbed her hand and reset it immediately leaving her crying & angry that the doctor didn't listen to her because he didn't want to administer a pain med intravenously!

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  27. My kids love going to the pediatrician--even if they feel horribly sick--because they adore the stickers the doctor gives them!!

    osullivanrobin1 at gmail dot com

    THANK YOU!!!

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  28. My 5 year old gets a shot, says 'ouch'. squeezes out a few tears and gets the sugar-free lollipop out pediatrician gives out for such instances. My 7 year old goes into complete panic mode and the mere mention of a shot. He hyperventilates, cries, screams ... all before the nurse even comes back into the room with the needle. Luckily no vaccinations for him due for a few years, here is hoping I do not have to deal with that drama again until he is a bit older and has grown out of the drama.

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  29. caitlin tate9:02 PM

    No appointments yet. Baby on the way

    n.catie@yahoo.com

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  30. I don't really have any interesting stories - all of our visits are fairly routine.

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  31. Well the doctor wants a naked baby to weigh on the scale for some reason and she peed on him.
    Beth Gomez
    solicitationsemail via gee mail

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  32. When we take in my son for a flu shot he always giggles but never cries!

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  33. samantha w10:15 PM

    My son had to get a single staple from falling off a swing and when the ER doc put it in he didn't cry one bit, he was very brave

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  34. When they gave DD her first shot, she looked at the nurse, like "What're you doing?!"

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  35. My son went for an ear infection and ran out the door and down the hall. So embarrassing!

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  36. Our son had this weird thing about having a bowel movement and held it in for up to ten days at a time until he couldn't hold it any longer, but he tried to, and that was the problem. We told him that we had to take him to the Dr. if he didn't start going properly, that didn't deter him from holding it longer, and longer. We warned him that the Dr. would stick his finger in his bum, and he laughed and didn't believe us, well, we took him, and the Dr. did. Our son was so shocked, he has never doubted us since. That still didn't help though, this problem went on until he was almost six. Good to go now though, thank you, Lord. coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

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  37. Fortunately it is always my wife who takes them to the doctor. She dreads it every time she has to take them because the kids resent her for the rest of the day. But they have never had ay serious issues, only routine check-ups and shots.

    emailoftim@aol.com

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  38. MaryR8:34 PM

    Of course my kids always thought when they went to the doctor it was for shot, my son would try and pull is short sleeves done when the doctor came in.

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  39. My wife took our two kids to the doctor because my oldest had a persistent sore throat, and the doctor decided that she needed a shot. Once the needle came out my youngest started balling, when she was only there because my wife cannot leave her in the car while she is inside the doctors office. The one who was getting the shot did not complain a bit, but apparently the sight of a needle makes a four year old either tremble with flashbacks or show signs of empathy. I cannot figure out which.

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  40. no kids... but when i was 3 or 4 i got my first real set of shots. the doctor said if it hurt i could bite him.... so i bit him. didnt hurt. little me thought about it, realized an adult would never give me permission to bite them again so... best moment ever.

    boy i was an evil child .

    ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. I took my middle daughter to the doctor because she fell on the playground at school and the school nurse thought she broke her wrist. While we were there, my younger daughter put her hand in the door hinge as the doctor came in and the heavy door closed on her pinky. The other daughter was fine but the younger one ended up with a broken finger.

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  42. I don't really have any interesting stories.. just normal visits to the Dr.
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

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  43. I never tell my child when we are going to the doctor until the last minute. I don't want her worrying any longer than she has to. The doctor makes her nervous.

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  44. We had chaos once when we took our twins to the doctor for immunizations complete with screaming, crying, and running from the nurse.

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  45. Last week my daughter had to get her flu shot she if five so we tried to do the nasal spay but she was screaming and would not do it. So for the shot it took me a nurse and doctor too hold her and she was kicking and screaming. Afterwards the doctor offered her a sticker and she informed him a sticker would not cover it he was laughing so hard as we walked out she said I mom you better not pay him. Silly girl is a handful and one heck of a fighter.

    eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  46. to take my son to the doctor I make a social story on what will happen during the visit and this helps him .

    Thank you!

    dealsfan32 at gmail dot com

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  47. Recently took my daughter for her check up and there was an Amish family in the waiting room with newborn twins. I was talking with my daughter about how pretty the babies where and the father stood up and said "Here, you hold one." without warning. It was a little strange to be given someones newborn to hold without asking but my daughter and I sure enjoyed it.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  48. our daughter was about 8 when she had to pee in the cup and wanted to handle it alone, so we let her. the doctor called us in the room and told us that there wasn't any pee in the cup just toilet water. she confessed that she missed the cup and just dipped the cup in the water to catch it, LOL!

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  49. My son goes to his check ups with no problems and doesn't even cry when getting his immunizations.

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  50. the town where i live is small and the doctor is so bad one time my oldest was so sick with some kind of rash. I took him to this doctor and she said it was hives. well i did not believe this at all and knowing how bad of a doctor she is i waited until after hours and took my son to the hospital (with medicaid it has to be an emergency before they pay for er unless it is after doctor's hours) which is why i waited. It turned out my son had scarlet fever which thankfully got treated on time.

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  51. My daughter would get so nervous when we would take her to the Dr because she thought she was getting a shot. One time I took her in for an ear infection and told her she wasn't going to get a shot she started crying when we walking into the Doctors office

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  52. My son told his doctor he seen her on the news, she was a bit confused, he didn't see her on the news I seen someone on the news who resembled her and I told him doesn't that lady look like your doctor, oops needless to say I was quite embarrassed.

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  53. twitted this today, 07/12
    http://www.twitter.com/myspotme

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  54. i always had to hold down my daughter down when she gets her immuzations. its heart breaking and tiring to have all the over powering over her. she is now 6 and still terrified of the doctors :( vejlilyrose07@yahoo

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  55. my daughter always does really well at the doctor but when she was just a few months old i took her to the doctor because she was constantly spitting up, projectile style, and i knew it wasn't normal. the doctor kept brushing me off and saying she would eventually grow out of it and that the spitting up was probably worse than i thought. well, my daughter decided to show her just how bad it was by spitting up all over me AND the doctor! haha :)

    hollyngunter@gmail.com

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  56. jessica11:15 PM

    I think its funny my daughter never cried as a baby or toddler with shots but now at 7 she freaks out

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  57. When my son was an infant, he was in the office for a check-up and he turned over while on the examining table. I had to leap out of my chair as he started to fall off the table and caught him as he was falling. I practically had a heart attack.

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  58. She ran and hid under the chair to avoid getting a shot.

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  59. Well the visit that involved vaccinations was brutal. We lost grasp of her and she ran all over the clinic and the nurses tried their best to reach out to get her. She's quite fast. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  60. My children make me give them their immunizations. I'm a Nurse! LOL

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