Helping Children Cope with Doctor Visits, Medical Procedures, Eye Exams & the Dentist

KIDSHEALTH: Tons of information and interactive resources about health, behavior, and development for all ages. Provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.

Child life specialists educate, prepare & support children of all ages

for their healthcare experience. Click HERE for a list of  

New Hampshire hospitals with child life specialists!



Vaccine support

Comfort positioning

Distraction tips

15 Clever Ideas for Helping Your Child Visiting the Dentist

Comfort Position Guide

ABCD of Comfort Positioning

A Kid's Guide to Shots

When Your Child is Afraid of the Doctor

Elmo Goes to the Doctor- Interactive video

Helping Your Child Cope with a Blood Draw from Autism Speaks

It's Time For Your Checkup: What to expect when going to a doctor visit

Prepare a child or teen for surgery at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Preparing a child for an EEG

Helping children cope when a sibling is hospitalized

Frequently asked questions about bringing your child to CHaD

Preparing your child for surgery

Age-appropriate information about surgery

Children visiting the intensive care unit

Preparing for an MRI

Visiting the Dentist-Sesame Street video

Forcefully holding children for health procedures causes avoidable stress


Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam Pdf book version

Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam interactive E-book version for iTunes

Arthur's Eyes, by Marc Brown

Arthur's Eyes Youtube video- Arthur gets glasses

The Princess Who Wore Glasses, by Laura Katz

Pearl and Wagner: Four Eyes, by Kate McCullan

Guided Imagery & Relaxation

What is guided imagery?

Mindworks for Children

Use these scripts to help children cope with anxiety and stress

Shambala Kids: Guided Relaxation for children of all ages

Bambino Yoga: Imagination-powered relaxation for kids

30 Therapeutic Art & Play Activities for Children

Offering Comfort by Sesame Street

Recommended book list for children dealing with chronic illness,

medical visits, relaxation & coping, special needs, when a parent

is ill, & death & dying



If you have a specific question about preparing a child or helping a child cope with any type of healthcare experience, EMAIL us!

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