I don’t know what it is about summer, but it always seems to be the time of year kids are most likely to require a trip to the doctor for a cut, bump, or miscellaneous injury — which also means it’s the time of year us parents get stressed about said trips to the doctor.
Having been on both sides of the medical scene (as a nurse and also as a mom), I’ve found that the easiest, most effective way of prepping my kids (and myself!), is to focus on the 5 senses — making sure to get information on what my kids will smell, see, hear, taste, and touch, during their appointment/procedures.
I find mentally organizing essential details into the 5 senses provides kids with enough information to help them feel prepared, while at the same time saving us from feeling scattered or overwhelmed trying to remember it all.
In this week’s vid I’ve got loads more practical tips on how to prep your kids before medical appointments/procedures + how to support them in the moment, including:
1) What to do if you’re afraid of hospitals
2) If it’s ok to fib about whether or not it’s going to hurt
3) Whether you should allow your kids to look at the needle going in 😬