I have two Pre-K kids who are terrified of me and of the nurse's office in general. So far they have managed to avoid me, but yesterday the teacher came to tell me one of them was obviously not feeling well, felt warm, but started bawling every time she talked to him about coming to my office. Apparently his mother had surgery recently and this just intensified his fears.
I gave his teacher a quick tutorial in using the forehead thermometer, and sure enough he had a low grade temp. We let him lay down in the back of the classroom and called for his parents to pick up. I just wonder what would happen if it had been something that actually did require nursing assessment
! I am also concerned about screenings on this child, which I will be doing very soon.
Anyone had a child with this strong a fear of the nurse's office? How do you help them cope and still get done what you need to get done to keep them healthy?