Posts Tagged ‘Ask the Pediatrician’
Easing Your Child’s Anxiety at the Doctor’s Office
Contributed by Dr. Jaime Friedman from the CPMG office in 4S Ranch
Pediatricians have all been there — the child is screaming, the parent is anxious, and the exam just isn’t getting done. During a busy day, it’s hard to wait for a parent to calm their child for an adequate lung or ear exam, so now the doctor is anxious! There are preparatory steps that a parent can remember to make a visit to the doctor more comfortable for the little patient:
- Prepare your child in advance. Let him/her play doctor with a set of toy doctor tools. Bring the toys with you, or bring a stuffed toy for the doctor to examine.
- Don’t lie about shots or promise that there won’t be any if you are coming for a well visit. The immunization schedule is always being updated and boosters get added. The shots are usually built into the well visit and are part of preventative care, so that is the best time to get them done if they are needed.
- Make sure you can hold your child for the exam, even if they are freaking out. The exam will be faster and more effective if your child is still.
- Avoid saying “it’s ok” or “it won’t hurt.” It is better for your child to hear you validate his/her emotions and know that being scared or nervous is actually ok. They don’t have to like or enjoy what’s being done to them.
- It’s ok to have a “lovey” or favorite toy with you, or even a song or movie on your phone to distract your child.
We understand that coming to see us can be scary. Let’s face it, the wait is boring, we use big words and there may be something painful coming.
But when it’s all over, we both want what is best for your child, which is to have an accurate exam and diagnosis. The best way to make that happen is for your child to be at ease and cooperate as much as possible. If that means a little bribery is needed (do I hear sticker and lollipop?), well, I’m not going to object!
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Free Car Seat Safety Checks
If you’re not sure about how to install your baby’s car seat, help is available.
Babies R Us and the CHP are teaming up to provide FREE car seat safety checks this weekend. A complimentary car seat safety check event will be held this Sunday, November 2nd from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Babies R Us in Chula Vista.
No pre-registration is required. Just arrive at the Babies R Us located at 1860 Main Ct in Chula Vista between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and let the experts properly install your baby’s car seat.
If you are unable to attend the November 2nd event, here is a list of other San Diego organizations that provide free safety checks:
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection at Kohl’s East Lake, Chula Vista. Click link to schedule your appointment.
Central San Diego
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection at Rady’s Children’s Plaza in Serra Mesa and at the Balboa Kohl’s. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Highway Patrol-San Diego , 4902 Pacific Highway twice a month on Saturdays. First come first served, call 619-220-5492 for more information.
La Mesa Police Department at 8085 University Ave. Free inspection on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 9am. First come first served, no appointments needed. Call 619-667-1400 for more information.
California Highway Patrol, 1722 East Main Street in El Cajon. Tuesday mornings, call 619-401-2000 for appointment.
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection; Kohl’s of Rancho San Diego. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Highway Patrol, 1888 Oceanside Blvd. in Oceanside. Once a month, first come first served from 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.. Call 760-757-1675 for available dates.
Kohl’s/Rady’s Children’s Hospital Car Seat Inspection for Encinitas and San Marcos. Click the link to schedule your appointment.
California Law (Effective 01/01/2012):
Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
Children under the age of 8 who are 4′ 9″ or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.
Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt.
Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law.
For accurate, up-to-date car seat safety information, visit http://www.thecarseatlady.com/.
Is My Kid Normal?
I am not happy about it, but my 6-year-old son still wears these at night.
Unfortunately, I know at least three 8-year-olds who are also nighttime bed wetters, so this could be a problem for two more years minimum. 🙁
Although I’ve read a lot about it on my own and have surveyed lots of friends, I just have to ask a pediatrician for help. How can a mom get her child who is potty trained during the day out of diapers/pull-ups/bedwetting underwear at night?
The Mom’s Guide is partnering with Children’s Physicians Medical Group to answer child health and developmental questions, starting with mine.
Pediatrician Whitney Edwards, M.D.: Being dry at night has very little to do with being toilet trained and typically is not behavioral. Like night terrors and sleep walking, prolonged bedwetting is generally a manifestation of deep sleep.(This is different from the situation in which a previously dry child begins to wet the bed again, which deserves an evaluation.)
20-30% of five to six year olds are still not dry at night. If your child is still wetting the bed at age six, or the bedwetting is causing problem in the family, discuss options with your pediatrician.
Do you have a developmental or health concern that you’d like a local pediatrician to address? If yes, please participate in our new feature, “Ask the Pediatrician.” Post your question here or send it anonymously to firstname.lastname@example.org and a mom’s guide pediatric partner will provide an answer and, hopefully, give San Diego moms a little peace of mind.