It stimulates their creativity and enlightens them about adult careers which they will eventually have to deal with. If your child plays pretend doctor or nurse, he or she may be aspiring to be a medical professional someday. Playing doctor or nurse can also prepare your child for future visits to the hospital or a medical facility to treat injuries and for regular checkups.
Many children fear going to hospitals, dentists, and physician's clinics. It can be difficult to convince them to board the car to go to a clinic or hospital for a simple check up. You can prevent this from happening by preparing your kids for doctor visits at an early age. Psychologists have determined that things linked to health care can trigger fear in children.
The sight of a hospital lab gown, a syringe, or a nurse's scrubs can bring about anxiety in some children. Even some adults have certain fears connected to these things. Some kids can suddenly feel nervous by simply smelling antiseptic. Allowing your kids to play in toy medical outfits can help you prevent these psychological problems from developing.
If you have a sickly child and know that you and your kid will be visiting hospitals and doctors frequently in the future, you need to prepare your child for that. It can be traumatizing for a young toddler to keep visiting a doctor for checkups and invasive procedures. Introduce your child to what they will expect in the future through play.
Get a set of toys that include kids scrubs, stethoscopes, kids lab coats, and other common medical equipment for your child. Allow your kid's siblings and friends to play with the toys. Through play, they will realize that people who wear lab gowns should not be feared. They will also know that stethoscopes are not painful and there is a real normal-looking person behind a surgical mask.
Aside from this kind of benefit, letting your child play with toy medical equipment will also allow your kid to be imaginative and creative. If your little one is inclined to science, get him or her a lab coat, a beginner's microscope and plastic toys that look like laboratory Petri dishes and test tubes. Other laboratory toys for the budding scientists are play goggles and plastic scientist flasks.
Get other accessories such as toy sterile gloves and patient's hospital gowns and caps. Get a few pieces of childrens scrubs and lab coats so that your child's playmates can also play along. It can be boring for your kid to play doctor or patient if he or she is alone. Authentic medical set ups will include a patient and a number of doctors and nurses.