When Doctors Fire Their Patients
“You’re fired!” While this phrase may have become popular in some TV-show circles, it’s probably the last thing that a parent expects to hear during a routine visit to her child’s pediatrician. For Nipuna Dasi, a Seattle, Washington, mother of three, not only did her son’s pediatrician fire her, but Dasi also left the appointment with the concern that CPS might be following up.
10 Tips for Finding a Medical Professional For Your Child
Well before treatment is needed, help your child to prepare emotionally for medical procedures. Play "dentist,” "doctor" or "hospital,” read relevant books about children having medical treatment. To help your child become familiar with medical instruments before treatment is needed, find real instruments (such as a rubber pick and plastic dental mirror) or create "play" ones (such as using a piece of fabric as a blood pressure wrap). Medical treatment can be frightening to a child, especially if there are too many new and strange things to learn about all at once.
Your Child’s First Dentist Visit
First visits to the dentist can set up life-long fears and anxieties — or they can be a normal part of life. When I was a kid, we didn’t start going to the dentist until we had our adult teeth. Nowadays, dentist recommend having the first visit around age three for kids whose teeth seem healthy.