If your child is afraid to go to the doctor because of previous shots or procedures, try to help him associate the doctor's office with more pleasant events.
When you are in the neighborhood, occasionally drop in to say hello to the nurses and doctors. Stay for only a few minutes and encourage your youngster to give hugs to the nurses and doctor. Then give your child a food treat. This approach will gradually help your child look forward to visits.
Be sure no one threatens your child with comments such as, "If you don't behave, I'll take you to the doctor." Threatening children with visits to the doctor or with shots makes the doctor's job far more difficult.