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Old 09-05-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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ds absolutely HATES the dr. Any advice?

Ds will be 2 at the end of the month so his well checkup is due as well as a check in with a specialist. Im already dreading the thought of taking him. Its been getting steadily worse since he was about 10mths old. He has never had an overly traumatic visit. (just routine shots) as soon as a nurse/dr. Walks in he starts screaming, as soon as they leave he is totally fine. I took him to dd appt to try to get him use to the idea that they don't always do stuff to him and he sat in the chair and screamed the entire time! Same happens when I take him with me to my dr. the nurses at his dr. office are very sweet and patient with him but what can I do to make it less dramatic? Even trying to just measure his head/get his weight is a drawn out screaming battle! Any ideas?

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Old 09-05-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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Maybe bring a special toy? Or bribe him with a treat after a good visit... :/
I dont know mama, but that would be very frustrating. I hope he grows out of that!

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Play doctor? Get a doctor kit? Bribe, bribe and bribe!!!!

Could the doctor/nurse assess a stuffed toy he likes?

I always take my iPad/iPod/iPhone w me w a new game or movie also, maybe keep his mind off of it?

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Re: ds absolutely HATES the dr. Any advice?

I was going to suggest that you take him to your doctor but I see you have already done that. Can you take him to a nursing home or something like that where he could see that situation, but not be about him or you? Maybe that would help desensitize him to it?

I am sorry your in that situation! Good luck!
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My DD unfortunately sees drs constantly due to her disease. The child life specialist gave us some tips.

We have a special bear that comes to the hospital. In the weeks prior to whatever has to be done we practice the visit/ procedure on the bear. We listen to his heart with a toy stethoscope, we feel his belly button (they check DDs liver a lot) we do everything they would do. Hospital bear even takes medicine in a syringe and gets shots (tiny pinches) and we buy cool band aids that DD and hospital bear get to wear. We've taught DD to "blow out the birthday candles" when she gets a shot and she practices that with hospital bear.

I pack a busy bag for the dr appt or hosp with crayons, color books, small craft kits, small toys, stickers and other fun things.

I bring an organic lolly pop (we don't do red dye so she can't have the ones at the dr) that she gets if she does well at the appt.

I hope some of these ideas help your LO.
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Re: ds absolutely HATES the dr. Any advice?

Thanks mommas. Im gonna have to try playing Dr. right now he gets so upset I dont think I could bride him with anything. Maybe if he calmed down some that would work.
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Re: ds absolutely HATES the dr. Any advice?

It's a phase. My daughter was the exact same way. Now that she's almost three, she tells me she NEEDS to "see the doctors!" when she feels icky. :P
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My ds used to as well. It was actually helped by watching the Elmo goes to the doctor movie.
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Re: ds absolutely HATES the dr. Any advice?

I know you said that he hasnt had an overly traumatic experience. IMO getting shots can be that, they hurt. And if you do them as scheduled he's getting more than one each time. When he got upset at yours and DDs visits, he may have thought you all were going to get shots?
My DD (she's 4) is the same way:/ She always takes a really long time to warm up to anyone(except my parents and sister). Even cousins, relatives, friends we see often. Last time we went to the Dr she was like that, she did the height and weight good but had to hold her tight to check ears and get a throat swap. I bribed her with ice cream to get her to pee in a cup, which still took 10 min. to do. I don't vax but we had do a finger prick for WIC, I went first, then her and I had to hold her tight again(kicking & screaming) she refused a band aid, then her 18 month old sister went and didn't flinch, lol! I think with my DD its an invasion of personal space and looking for control in the situation.
If I give DD choices it helps. Do you want to see how much you weigh or how tall you are first, and praise any effort. Last time all it took was me offering to hold her hand. The Dr didn't get a good look at her ears and wanted another but it wasnt happening, I don't push if DDs over the top. As we were wrapping up she told me she wanted the dr to look again. We gave her a choice of what ear first and she allowed fine. Afterwards, she kept talking about how good she did at the Drs, letting her check her ears, lol
Is your DS apprehensive around others or just at the drs? I'd try the teddy bear idea and giving him more choices during the visit. Maybe even visit when he's not in need of an appt.? Could it be the Drs personality? Just thinking of all possibilities, sorry for the rant
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