Alleviating Kids' Doctor Fears with Ailing Stuffed Animals

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According to a 2009 study published in the journal Pediatric Nursing, more than 90% of children between the ages of 4–6 were found to have hospital-related fears.  In order to alleviate some of these fears, a group of German medical students hosted a "Teddy Clinic," allowing children to learn about medical procedures by using stuffed animals with imaginary illnesses. Children got to assist in surgeries and perform X-rays and CT scans on their furry friends; the medical students used both real and fake instruments to demonstrate the procedures.

'Teddy Clinic' Treats Stuffed Animals to Ease Kids' Fear of Hospitals
'Teddy Clinic' Treats Stuffed Animals to Ease Kids' Fear of Hospitals

Some German medical students have gone soft to help kids conquer their fear of doctors. The students in Giessen, Germany, hosted a “Teddy Clinic” this week, dolling out free care to stuffed animals suffering from a range of imaginary illnesses. It also gave med students the chance to work with kids and save the day by bringing their plush pals back from the brink.

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