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difficult child best in morning to treat

Is is better to treat a child, who is not behaving,to have a morning appointment?



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I would guess it might depend on the child. I can imagine they may behave better when they are well rested.

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YES, in my experience a child that has been in school all day or at daycare all day just wants to be at home. They may be okay at the beginning of the appointment but if they have to wait for a check for any length of time. There can be a melt down.

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Definitely morning. This trick has worked for me a few times, I asked the child if I could see their belly button, filled it with water, and if there is still water in it at the end of the appt I let them have a special prize such as stickers or sugar free gum etc.

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From my experience treating children in the mid-morning has been best. 🙂 Early morning within an hour of waking seems to be nearly as bad as the end of the day. However, a couple of hours after waking up and eating breakfast seems to work wonders!! It is getting them in the schedule at this time though that has proven to be difficult for me! :/

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Our office tries to treat children while the parent waits out in the reception area (“I’ll come and get you if we need you”), for most kids this improves their behavior immensely. I see lots of kids after school hours and don’t have much trouble, but it wouldn’t hurt to try an AM appointment for a difficult child.

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In my experience, mornings work better. I too think it works best if parents do not accompany them.

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I agree with mid morning and with the parents in the waiting room but it does depend on the child.

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Absolutely. We have pediatric dentist in our office and I have observed that they recommend early appointments and or n2o

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Time of day matters….but more often no parent in the room makes the biggest difference…very difficult, or repeatedly difficult we refer to pedo

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