Waiting at the doctor’s office: Day 23
When you make an appointment for a sick child the last thing you want to do is sit in a waiting room for over an hour. When you child is sick they just want to be home and be comfortable. Here is how we passed the time waiting and waiting and waiting.
The one thing I do like about my children’s doctors office is that I can go in and sign them in and then ask for a pager. I can wait in the car and be paged when they are ready to take them back to the room.
The other day Joshua had to go to the doctors because he was sick. When I got to the doctors he was sleeping and I did not want to wake him so Lex stayed out in the van with him. I went in a sign him in and grab a pager. The pager allows you to let you child finish napping or if you child is not sick and you don’t want them exposed to illnesses this is great.
Well, Joshua woke before the pager went off so I ended up taking him inside because he didn’t want to sit in his car seat. Once we were inside we waited for about 15 minutes before they called us back.
Once back there it seemed like forever and Joshua was cranky because he just didn’t want to be there. We played peek-a-boo. Joshua would hide under the cabinet and I would peek around and tell him peek-a-boo. This kept him from being unbearable for a bit. Then I read to him. The doctor’s office keep children’s books in the room which is very nice. After I read 3 books to him he was done with sitting still. So I held him and walked over to the walls and found colors. I would point and tell him the colors. He got really bored with this in no time. I then started singing some of his favorite songs to him. I don’t like singing but it passed more time. When that was over the doctor finally came in.
My poor baby had an upper respiratory infection, croup, and was suffering from allergies. He was given medicines and sent home. He is doing much better.
How do you help your toddler pass the time when at a doctor’s office?