What parent does not want to be able to see their son or daughter to grow up wanting to pursue a career as a doctor? I know that I would love to see my daughter becoming a doctor, when she is older. Here are a few little tricks to help your child build interest in the medical field.
10) Buy your child a toy doctor’s kit for Christmas- By doing this, you will be able to let the test their own abilities and teaching them about the human anatomy. Wait! A child enjoying learning! It will allow the child to have fun, and you can teach different parts of the human body to them as you play with them. Example: Johnny is taking your temperature. You can tell Johnny not to forget to look at your tonsils and explain to him about the function of the tonsils.
9) Allow your child to volunteer at a hospital- This will give the child first hand experience on how doctors provide a service to the community. It will also allow them to see the different types of patients that come into a hospital.
8) Allow your child to hear any diagnosis that a doctor gives you when you child is sick- This allows the child to understand how the doctor determine a diagnosis for the child through the different tests that they do.
7) Instead of reading “The Cat in the Hat”, read books that are for children about doctor visits. The child will be able to learn how doctors do their job.
6) Instead of getting a play blood pressure cuff or stethoscope, get a real one- While the real blood pressure cuff and stethoscope may cost a little more, it will allow you child to learn how to use it. This will also allow your child to be able to see real results and learn to read them.
5) If you are a doctor, give your child hypothetical cases based on symptoms- This will allow you and your child to bond. It will also allow you to teach your child about how certain symptoms can tell you what is wrong with the patient, while making your child feel that they are helping you with a case you are studying.
4) For a family night, do a trivia based on medicine- This will allow the children to learn body parts, symptoms, and medications. As a prize, allow the winner to choose the dinner for the next evening, or you can take them to a local medical supply shop and pick out a box of gloves.
3) Have plenty of ace bandages, band-aids, cotton balls and wet wipes- These will be able to be a part of the doctor kit. The child will be able to learn how to wrap an ace bandage, put a band-aid on a cut or after a shot, keep areas clean that they are looking at. This will also be able to help them learn about personal hygiene through the use of the wet wipes. These are also items that almost all kids know what they are, so the child will be able to know what to do with them.
2) Don’t forget to be a part of what they are learning and doing- This will create a very strong bond and also will help to hold the child’s attention better knowing that mommy or daddy want to allow him/her to be their doctor.
1) Do not complain about doctor’s appointments- Complaining when you have to go see a doctor or your child has to see the doctor will only deter the child from being interested in becoming a doctor. If you are going to complain about it, do it when the child is not around.