Easing Medical Anxiety through Books and Pretend Play

Even though we just celebrated going a whole year with ZERO trips to the hospital and very few doctor's appointments, Jojo is still extremely anxious and fearful in medical settings.

I know it's just a matter of time before he gets really sick again or needs his next heart procedure, and he'll always need regular check-ups with his pediatrician and cardiologist. So it's really time for us to work more on his coping skills and try to ease some of the anxiety.

In conjunction with his infant development specialist (who will continue to do weekly sessions with him until he turns 3 and ages out of services), we'll be doing more medical-themed dramatic/pretend play and reading books with him about going to the doctor or hospital.

His cognitive and language skills have really exploded in the last few months, so he's at a great age for these activities now.

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I've been doing some online window shopping, keeping in mind that Christmas is coming up, so I've really got my eye on items that could serve double duty as presents. I tried to avoid the overly gender-specific products. Here's my list of toys and books that look promising:

 

Medical Kits & Dress-Up Sets

Dolls & Hospital Play Sets

Books about Doctors and Hospitals

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Are there any other toys or books that have helped your little ones cope with appointments and hospitalizations?
Please let me know if I've missed any good ones!

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2 Comments on “Easing Medical Anxiety through Books and Pretend Play”

  1. This is a fantastic, comprehensive list for helping kids get comfortable with doctors and hospitals! My daughter has the Fisher Price kit (in pink, of course) and she practices with everyone who comes in our door!

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