Doctor, hospital, and Urgent Care visits tend to be at the top of the Things Children Just Don’t Care For list. While some kids don’t mind the occasional visit, it really all depends on what the trip entails. Just a regular well visit, with no vaccinations or other invasive procedures? Potentially manageable. But when it's a visit in which a sick child will be poked, prodded, or worse? Well, that's when it's time to consider the ways to make your child’s Urgent Care visit less traumatic. Because there’s really no need to make it any worse than it already is, right?
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had to take my son to the local Urgent Care facility twice. Oh, and that's not counting our necessary trip to his pediatrician. He’s been battling a seemingly never-ending case of the flu (my entire family has, really), and there were more than a few scary moments when I started to seriously fear for my son's health. It's not just the fear of my son being ill, but the omnipresent fear of having to put him through some of the worst medical experiences he’s had since he was a baby in the NICU. I hate seeing my son in a medical situation in which invasive procedures must be administered. And, in this particular instance, not only did my son have to have blood work drawn, he also had to be given a hep-lock and be tested for the flu, which involves a loud nasal-sucking contraption he's not particularly fond of.
These procedures, on top of my son feeling sick, make for a trying, heartbreaking, difficult visit. That's why I know that, as his mother, it's important that I do my best to minimize his fears and the general trauma of these experiences. So if you have appointments coming up, or have to rush to the nearest Urgent Care in the future, keep some of the following tips in mind: