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Doctor visitsIf your little one gets nervous at the mere mention of the d-word (read: doctor), here’s one way to help: Have him play with a kid’s doctor kit, recommends Thuy Trinh, a child specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston. It’s the fear of the unknown and the unexpected that drives kids’ anxiety, says Trinh. By playing with the stethoscope and other parts of the kit before and after the appointment, kids can learn what to expect–plus it helps you understand (and clear up) any misconceptions your child may have.

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