Simple Tips for Maintaining Good Health
Few people look forward to going to the doctor or the dentist, and kids can be even more resistant than adults. However, regular doctor and dentist visits are key to maintaining good health, and if children get into the habit of regular checkups now, they will be more likely to continue this practice when they’re adults.
Do:- Find doctors and dentists who work well with children and teenagers. If you’re not sure where to look, ask other parents. Usually, there are a number who specialize in family dentistry and pediatrics.
Get Organized- Create a master checkup list to keep track of when each family member visits the doctor or dentist. Many dentist offices offer the opportunity to make your next six-month appointment, but most doctor offices do not book a year in advance, which makes it easy for those annual visits to fall through the cracks.
Be Informed- Read helpful information on children’s health (for different age groups) at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Shop Around- Visit different dental hygienists until you find one who has a good rapport with your child. Some dentist and doctor offices also have a number of physicians, so feel free to visit different ones until you find one you and your child both enjoy seeing.
If you start to get frustrated, stop and think about it from your child’s point of view—weren’t you afraid of the doctor or the dentist when you were young? Be firm in telling your child that it’s just something that needs to be done, but remember how stressful the situation can be. Being afraid of the doctor and the dentist is a phase that will pass and, like many other things, just requires some patience.