Baptist Health is joining forces with Kentucky Oaks Mall as part of the Mall’s Toddler Tuesdays. Trish Edwards, RN, who serves as Chest Pain Coordinator at Baptist Health Paducah, will offer a Teddy Bear Clinic on Tuesday, September 4.
For some children, going to the doctor or hospital for a medical procedure, can cause fear and anxiety. The clinic is designed to help boost children’s confidence before they step into health care settings. The Teddy Bear clinic will be held from 11 am - noon, by the CFSB Play Area, near Dillard’s. Children who attend the clinic are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animals with them.
Their teddy bear will be the patient at the clinic. Kids who show up without a stuffed animal are able to adopt one, take it through the clinic, and then take it home to keep.
“Teddy bear clinics can help children understand basic healthcare treatments and tools and allow them to become more familiar with people who work in the medical field,” explained Edwards, who also is a paramedic. “We want to hear that we have helped children become more confident and less apprehensive about being a patient.”
The free clinic will provide children hands-on opportunities to interact with common medical equipment, such as stethoscopes and otoscopes, practice health habits, such as hand washing and sneezing into their elbows, and learn first-hand what healthcare workers do on a daily basis.