Choose the right time. If your child is hungry, tired, or just plain grumpy, a visit to the doctor’s office isn’t going to improve his or her mood! Wait for a time when your child is happy and relaxed.
Play doctor. Letting your child pretend to be the doctor, either with a doll, or using toy instruments, can make the whole experience a lot less foreign.
Don’t make a big deal of it. If you make a big fuss of your child after an injection, he or she is likely to cry more, to get more attention. Rather play it down, and distract him or her with a toy or treat after it’s over.
Speak to your child. Your toddler can probably understand a lot more than you give him credit for. Tell him why you’re going to the doctor, and that the doctor is going to make him feel better. In the case of immunisations, explain that the injections will prevent him from getting sick.
Choose a doctor that’s child friendly. Some doctors offices are boring, dull or clinical. Doctors that are child friendly are fun to visit. If you choose the right doctor, there’s a better chance your child will enjoy the visits.
Lastly, if you know your child is going to get an injection, buy a cream that numbs the skin before hand, and apply it before your visit. Alternatively, prepare by giving your child a dose of child safe pain and fever medication (paracetamol or ibuprofen) a short while before the appointment.