Doctor Fear

Fear is a natural state that helps in coping with new experiences and avoiding danger. While some of the fears may occur and disappear spontaneously during the development process of the child, some of them occur as a result of learning. Fear of the doctor is a learned fear.

* Why are children afraid of the doctor?

In our society, scaring the child with various entities in order to gain authority over the child and to make him listen is too much to be underestimated. Doctor is one of them. The child is tried to be fed with statements such as “If you do not eat, you will get sick, and the doctor will give you an injection”. The child is threatened by the concept of the doctor and the needle. When a doctor is visited in case of a general health check, vaccination or illness, the child remembers what was said to him and worries.

Fear of the doctor is also seen intensely in children who are frequently sick or have chronic health problems and have been hospitalized for a long time. After all, going to the doctor is not a fun situation. Children do not like to be examined, their mouths and ears to be tampered with. Especially getting an injection or getting vaccinated is not a pleasant situation at all. The child, who has experienced this experience once or twice, may refuse to go to the doctor with the fear that he will experience the same events again, and may become irritable during the examination. In fact, some children may also be afraid to think that everyone wearing a white coat is a doctor, or not want to enter because they compare a place they go to a doctor’s office.

* What should be done so that the child is not afraid of the doctor?

The most important thing that can be done to avoid the fear of the doctor is not to frighten the child with the figure of the doctor. Instead of choosing an authority figure from outside in order to provide discipline and have a say, parents should improve themselves in this regard, adopt appropriate discipline methods, set rules and limits, and be determined and consistent.

Apart from that, before going to the doctor, what will be done there, where the doctor will examine, whether the vaccine will be given or not should be explained to the child simply and the truth should be told. Uncertainty always frightens children and causes them anxiety. For this reason, it is important that all kinds of activities to be done are informed in advance to the child.

* How can parents help their children in this regard?

  • Play a doctor game: Dramatization games are games that allow children to learn about daily life and reflect what the child sees and emotions in daily life. Playing the doctor game tells the child what he will experience when he goes to the doctor in a fun way. The doctor game, which is started to be played a few days before going to the doctor, allows the child to gain experience about what they will experience.

  • Be honest: Parents may say that even though they went to the doctor to reduce the child’s anxiety, they are going somewhere else or that it will not hurt at all. This situation may reduce the child’s anxiety momentarily, but as a result of what they experience, it causes them to lose their trust in their parents. Instead, the child should be told simply and honestly what will happen at the doctor. If there is going to be a vaccine, it should be said that “the doctor will vaccinate, it will hurt a little, but then the pain will pass”.

  • Take it to your own check-ups: It will be a model for the child to see that you also went to the doctor, were examined and your attitudes during the examination.

  • Reward: Congratulate your child if he doesn’t cause problems during the exam. Reward him in the form of taking him to a place he loves or buying something he loves. But be careful that these rewards are small, symbolic rewards (like candy, stickers).

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