My daughter hates going to the doctor

Heather - posted on 02/10/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm Heather. My daughter, Adorya, born on October 18th, hated her last dr appointment. She screamed the entire time. They could barely get her height. She wouldn't let them measure her head, look at her ears or mouth, feel her belly, anything. I want to make sure she is growing properly and all that good stuff. I am making my husband come to her 18 month checkup, so he can help me. Has this happened to anyone else? Any suggestions anyone?

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Patricia - posted on 02/13/2009

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That is my son's birthday, too! He does okay at the doctor but would prefer not to be looked at. He does have a 3 year old brother that he witnesses at the doctor, He also goes to most of my appointments as well. So is is very familiar with the office. I guess exposure is important. In any case...it is normal. Don't worry too much. If you want to gain some exposure you can try going to the health units and geting him used to the weighing process. That might help... good luck

Kelly - posted on 02/13/2009

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PS. If you want to make sure her measurements are okay, you can do it yourself, and then call in the results. Like stand on a scale alone, and then with her to get a rough estimate of weight, and measure her head and length yourself.

Kelly - posted on 02/13/2009

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My son (born Oct 16) just had his 15 month check up and couldn't get far enough away from his doctor! but up until then, he loved his doctor, and his doctor would hold him through the visit. At his 12 month, my son kissed his doctor, and now three months later this. It's totally normal. It's basically because he is now a stranger. My son has begun toassociate the people he sees everyday as family, but someone like his doctor is virtually a stranger again. My doctor said he'd grow out of it, but for the next year, they go in and out of real fear of strangers.

April - posted on 02/12/2009

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I find it helpful to check out books from the library about going to the doctor, and maybe get her a "doctor's kit" so the instruments dont look so scary when she sees them there. also, try putting together a small bag of toys, snack, stickers, markers or something snuggly that she gets to "open" once she gets there. being so young, they also watch you and your responses, so just try to stay calm and upbeat. she will grow out of it, but these may help in the years to come.

Windsor - posted on 02/12/2009

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That's my son's birthday.

She probably doesn't like to be restrained. My kids love the dr, my son especially when the pretty lady dr comes in lol

Heather - posted on 02/11/2009

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It's completely normal...my nieces were like that and my daughter is now.  My daughter cries when the doctor and nurses come in the room and screams when they try to examine her.  Kids this age do it because they don't understand what is being done.  It is also because they associate the pain of their vaccinations with the people and place where they got them.  Don't worry about it unless she is still doing it when her verbal skills are at a point where she can explain why she is upset.

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