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Frazzled From Pediatrician's Visits? Use Pediatric Waiting Room Toys to Your Advantage, Among Other Things

Jun 30, 2008
As a mother, you have experienced the highs and lows of visits to the pediatrician's clinic. The highs are when your children are well-behaved, and you get good news that your children are well or will be well again. The lows are when they throw tantrums, shout at clinic staff, and destroy pediatric waiting room toys, all to your consternation and embarrassment. But you can make doctor visits a pleasant trip through these simple tips.

Be Punctual

You need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled visit. Your child needs to have his vital signs checked - weight, height, and temperature, among others - before consultation. Also, you need to be considerate of other patients whose schedule will be affected. While waiting, you can let child play with the pediatric waiting room toys available.

Bring Personal Things

You need to bring all the necessary baby things, lest you borrow from other parents or from the clinic. You certainly do not want your child to infect others, or to be infected with diseases brought by borrowing of personal things.

If you do not want your child to play with the pediatric waiting room toys, then let him bring a small toy. And do not let other kids borrow it since this is not the time for sharing!

Respect Sides and Be Respectful

Usually, the clinic will designate "sick areas" and "well areas." Keep to your side of the clinic to avoid being infected or to infect others. It will boil down to respect.

If the clinic has pediatric waiting room toys for each side, then teach your child to use the appropriate toys and not to bring toys from one side to the other. Explain why this should be so in terms of transferring germs.

You also need to be a role model for your children. You have to be polite to the clinic staff and show your appreciation. Teach your kids to greet the staff and to say their thanks after the visit.

Be Clean

Always pick up your trash and put them in the proper container. Most clinics have trash cans for dirty diapers, which you should use for dirty diapers. Use the regular trash cans for regular trash.

If your child puts bodily discharges and dirty smudges on office furniture and pediatric waiting room toys, then it is your duty to wipe them clean. The clinic staff and the other patients are not there to pick up after you.

Pens Off

If your child likes drawing, then bring him a drawing book. Teach him never to draw on anything within the clinic, unless the pediatric waiting room toys include sketch materials. You very well might pay for the Picasso drawing you thought quaint, but your child has made less-than-quaint.

Do Not Bring Other Children

If it is possible, leave your well children in your home. You will need to focus on your sick child, which is often nearly impossible with other small children in tow. They can also create noisy distractions, which you will not like other mothers to suffer from. Besides, clinics and hospitals are hotbeds for germs, which you do not like your children to be unnecessarily exposed to.

Ultimately, having pleasant visits to the pediatrician depends on your ability to be a role model for your kids, being prepared for little emergencies, and teaching your kids how to behave appropriately.
About the Author
To help your pediatrician's clinic become havens for visiting children, recommend the appropriate pediatric office furniture to clinic staff, complete with pediatric waiting room toys. And for your offices, try kids' toys for office waiting rooms. All these can be found at WaitingRoomToysNFurniture.com!
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