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How to get DD age 3 to cooperate

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#1 Natttmumm

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:19 AM

DD age 3 is booked for a sleep study. She is really scared of doctors and nurses and i know she will be beside herself getting the cords attached. Any tips on how to get though this??

#2 50ftqueenie

Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

You could start role playing the experience at home. Take it in turns being the Doctor and patient, pretend to stick some string to her clothes with sticky tape. My DD loves role play and sticky tape, this would be a fun game for her.

#3 Shirley Sue

Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:59 AM

I second what 50ftqueenie said. You could also purchase a doctor/nurse kit from a discount store.

Does she have a favourite toy that she could bring along to comforter her?

Also, if you talk through with her what will happen and remain calm and confident yourself this may alleviate some distress.

Is there a particular reason why she is scared?

#4 Natttmumm

Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:41 PM

Thanks for the tips. As a one year old she ended up in hospital having some very intrusive tests. Since then she screams at the site of a doc or nurse sad.gif not sure if she remembers but it seems she must.
I have been trying to tell her what it will be like and she keeps crying sayings she's not going.

Hoping for the best

#5 zogee

Posted 10 November 2012 - 12:47 PM

My dd had one of these but she was 4, my husband took her as our son was bf through the night. It was pretty uncomfortable for her with all the monitors etc. Im sure my husband would tell you don't expect to get much sleep sad.gif (they only need 2-3 hrs of sleep to do the test) my dd fell asleep @ 9:30pm and woke up at 5am, which they said was pretty good! The staff were really great and let her have ice cream after supper and she watched a DVD too. That was enough novelty to get her to co operate initially. Good luck xxx

#6 Farmgal

Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:45 AM

Our son has sleep studies every year. We find taking a DVD player  along makes it much easier. We take a few of his favourite DVDs along and maybe a new one too. That keeps him happy while all the wires are being  attatched.

I think certainly explaining what will happen before hand and maybe role playing with a doll would help. You could even get her to stick blutack on the dolls head with string for wires etc and try to make it fun, that may then relax her when it is happening to her.

Good luck.

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