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    Default Male doctor phobia

    Hi all
    Just wondering if anyone else has been through this with their kids.My 4yo dd doesn't like any strange males. She's fine with dad, grandpa and some uncles but when it comes to male doctors it's a different story.
    She refuses to talk to them and if they need her to open her mouth to look down her throat she instantly refuses. However if a female asks her she is cooperative.
    The only problem is she regularly needs to see male specialists so we need to find a way to help her past this.
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    We have had a similar problem with our 4yo DD seeing our family GP. Fortunately for us, she has now (mostly) gotten past it.

    Do you know what her phobia has stemmed from? Our DDs was due to several hospital admissions for acute asthma and she seemed to be associating it with her initial GP visit before each admission as he was the one who referred us to the hospital each time.

    I have found talking, in depth, with DD prior to her appointments about what was likely to happen, ie. dr will want to look in your throat, listen to your chest etc has helped. Also, bribery! A sticker, Freddo or lollypop are also handy at these times!

    Good luck.

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    I might be wrong, but this rings alarms bells for me and I'd be wondering if at some point a male has harmed her or frightened her in some way. I hope that's not the case though.

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    I wonder if it might simply that she might see more women in her daily life than men and tends to feel more comfortable around them? I know my 2.5 year old certainly does.... All women at childcare, play group, me at home, her aunt at home, mothers group ladies etc.

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    My d's had a real fear of our gp. He had good reason though she had cut lumps of his boy bits. It has taken a good 3 or 4 months for him to be afraid by me seeing that Dr on regular basis for him to be comfortable with her again.
    I would suggest you.
    Expose her to more males.
    Practice the things she needs to do for the Dr.
    Encourage Dr play buy her a toy Dr set.
    Maybe a social story with a male Dr.
    Lots talk and warning about who you are seeing and what they will be asking her to do or doing to her
    Lots praise and rewards for doing the right thing.
    Always hold her hand or foot extra when she is being examined for reassurance.

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    I feel for you.
    My DD is petrified of female doctors. It all began when she had to be pinned down at a blood test at 18 months by DF and two female doctors.
    She is slowly getting better. We play doctor, she comes to any appointment I have or DS has.
    But I know I will get her ok with everything then we will be due for more allergy testing and it will be back to square one.


 

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