Babies and doctors
Who is a “kind doctor” for babies?
As a pediatrician, I examine babies on a regular basis, but I still occasionally encounter adverse reactions from them; they become scared and cry because they “dislike doctors.” I wanted to make babies feel comfortable around me, but there are currently no specific solutions.
Therefore, I created a consultation room within the Baby Center—to investigate what a “desirable” doctor for babies is. In a manner similar to an actual examination, I study babies in the consultation room.
This doctor’s first impression isn’t bad!
When a doctor in a white gown enters the consultation room where the baby awaits, they do not cry immediately. Rather, the baby that was fretting or crying stops, and looks straight in my direction.
Did the stethoscope cause this reaction?
However, another baby’s expression changes when I pull out my stethoscope and start the examination. This baby was OK until then, but suddenly begin to cry. Did looking at the stethoscope remind them of something?
The percentage of babies fretting lowers from 17% to 3%.
5 seconds later, there is reaction after seeing the doctor.
In this manner, I’ll be researching the relationship between the babies and their doctor. In the future, I’d like to explore examination methods that do not cause stress to the babies—by examining the baby’s state in a more multifaceted manner.