Doing anything outside of your child’s regular routine can be a bit overwhelming and stressful for both parent and child. There are ways to help prepare your child so the experience is more positive and successful. These techniques can be used to help prepare your child for anything new that they may be experiencing such as their first day of school, potty training, a procedure at a hospital or out-patient surgery center, dental visit, and more. These are 3 ways to help prep your child for a successful visit to IFM.
Each day leading up to the appointment, repeat a similar conversation. On the way to the appointment, give one more reminder of what they can expect when they arrive at IFM. The more you talk and prepare them, the better they will feel going in. They may still be nervous, or even cry, and that is ok. Remind them that you are with them, they are safe, they are allowed to feel that way, and soon it will be over.
Parent: “Oh, I understand that you don’t like the way this medicine tastes. It is important to take your medicine because it will help your body feel better. How about I give you your cup of water so you can take a big drink after you take your medicine?”
Dolly: “well, okay”
Parent: “Here you go,” (hands water cup to Dolly and then gives her the medicine. Dolly then takes a big drink of water)
Dolly: “That wasn’t so bad.”
Parent: “Great job! I knew you could do it!”
Sometimes a little encouragement goes a long way.
Utilizing these 3 techniques together, can really make a big impact on how your child’s visit to IFM will go. We hope this will help you and your child enjoy your experience here at Integrative Family Medicine, we look forward to your visit!