Taking your child to the doctor is rarely a fun event. Parents everywhere will give you the Katniss Everdeen three finger salute of solidarity if your visit involves getting shots, too. As a parent, you likely spend time thinking about ways to make the trip easier or less scary for your little one, but what about their physician? As it turns out, you may want to shift your perspective because there are actually quite a few things pediatricians should never do during an exam, according to pediatricians. Sure, there are the obvious red flags when it comes to keeping your child safe, but there are also more subtle ways your child's pediatrician could be negatively affecting their check-up experience.
Thankfully, rather than making speculations, pediatricians and family physicians have shared what kinds of things parents should look out for at their little one's doctor's visits. Of course, if you ever feel uncomfortable for either your child or yourself in a medical setting, don't hesitate to voice your concern. I know firsthand how intimidating it can be because, "they're doctors and I'm just a parent." But honestly, you shouldn't be afraid to trust your gut instinct — even one of our expert physicians echoed that sentiment — especially when it comes to the safety of a child. Check out the things pediatricians should never do during an exam so that you'll be fully prepared and empowered at your child's next check-up.