If only every child’s visit to the doctor was
easy and hassle-free, ending with a sticker and a smile. But that’s not always
the case — especially for anxiety-prone kids who dread shots or other medical procedures.
“Anxiety about being in a medical office is very
normal,” says Amy Stockhausen, MD, a UW Health pediatrician.
You’ve just gotten your baby to bed. Relieved, you sit down to read a book or head to the laundry room to get clothes out of the washing machine. After what feels like no time at all, your baby wakes up—again—fussy and miserable. What could be the cause? … Teething.
Caring for a teething baby can be a challenge. Babies tend to be fussy as their teeth come in. Teeth usually come in when a child is between 4-7 months old. Gum irritation, irritability and drooling are the most common symptoms.
For most people, the doctor’s office a place we try to avoid unless we are sick. Even then, our lives are so busy that it’s hard to even get to clinic during business hours; so, why would we go in for a visit when everything appears fine? What we miss by forgoing these regular check-ups is preventative health care – a chance to make sure that things are going well, catch things before they become a real issue, and help patients learn to expect health changes and issues that might occur in the near future. For kids, these regular check-ups are even more vital and make up a large percentage of the kids that pediatricians see in clinic on a daily basis.