Children often visit the doctor for routine check-ups, immunizations, and even emergencies. They may not be aware of what is going on and can become frightened and stressed by the experience. This experience will remain with them, possibly for a long time, and may even stop them from visiting their doctor in the future.
Children are more stressed out due to unfamiliar surroundings, lack of understanding of what is happening, and fear of needles or injections. However, doctors can provide a comfortable environment for their young patients with these helpful tips:
1. Themed Murals
Among the different elements to make your clinic child-friendly is using themed murals. Professional artists paint these murals, and you can choose designs according to your theme. You can ask them to create a beach themed office to provide a relaxing atmosphere for your patients, including the room décor and furniture.
Remember, children will feel more relaxed when they see their surroundings as inviting and calming. To create bold walls for this purpose, use light colors like pastel or pale blue with murals containing animals or playtime scenes so that children feel relaxed in the clinic’s waiting room. Not only will this help in soothing distressed children, but it will also keep the parents relaxed.
2. Touchable Items
Another way to make your clinic child-friendly is to have touchable items on display so that children can feel them readily. These include picture books, plush toys, games, and figurines of famous characters. The more interactive the item, the better because children are naturally attracted to hands-on exhibits, which help them understand their surroundings more easily.
Plush toys are great examples because they are soft enough for kids of all ages to play with comfortably. Softer items are essential if you want younger children who may not control themselves in a doctor’s office setting yet.
3. Attractive Decorations
Other decorative elements to make your clinic child-friendly are posters and calendars. These should be on the wall, hung from the ceiling, or placed on shelves for height variation. You can place oversized items on a separate shelf with some distance between them and the surrounding walls so that children can readily choose which ones they want to play or read while at their appointments.
Safari decorations are also appealing for your child patients. These decorations include jungle pictures and animal paintings of zebras, lions, monkeys, etc., as a backdrop.
4. Wooden-Themed Benches
Aside from soft and touchable decorations, you can also have wooden-themed benches as a way to make your child-friendly clinic. For example, you can use a bench with a painted panel of an animal at one end and then provide some rocking motion for children who need it. This way, they will sit more calmly on the bench while waiting for their turn at their doctor’s clinic visit.
Whatever style, design, color, or theme you want for your clinic, your goal is to create a happy and caring environment for children.
When they feel at ease, you will worry less about them crying or fighting with other children in the waiting room because they are preoccupied with the decorations in your office. Also, when you create this comfortable environment, they can become easier to handle during their check-ups so that you can perform better as well.
Most importantly, choose designers who have experience designing a space like yours. Versatile artists can create unique decorations – from simple murals to artistic outer space decor or traveling billboards.