What should I tell my child about coming to Our Kids?

Many parents worry that telling children about the check-up before coming to Our Kids will cause them to become upset and worried. However, it is important that children have accurate information about their visit to Our Kids so they will know what to expect, can prepare themselves and have time to ask questions and express their feelings. Children are often less worried and more cooperative with medical procedures when they have been prepared in advance for what they will be experiencing.

A few days before your appointment, explain to your child that he/she will be coming to our center for a check-up. Children should be told that they will talk with a person who will ask questions about their body and their health and that a nurse or doctor will look at their body, including their private parts, to make sure they are healthy. Reassure your child that there will be no painful procedures, such as shots, and that the staff at Our Kids will help them every step of the way. Children should be encouraged to bring along a stuffed animal, blanket or other comforting object when they come for the check-up if it will help them feel more at ease.

Similarly, if you are bringing your child to Nashville General Hospital, explain that a nurse or doctor will look at their body to make sure it is healthy. However, at General Hospital it is possible that blood will be drawn or that a shot will be given to your child.