A new Teddy Bear Clinic initiative at the Blue Earth County Library is made to help children overcome their fear of going to the doctor with stuffed animals, KEYC News 12 reports.
The library teamed up with Blue Earth County Public Health, Child and Teen Checkups and Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry to put on a teddy bear clinic. Thursday morning, kids were able to give their teddy bears or other stuffed creatures “checkups.”
Damaged teddy bears were fixed and doctors gave more details about what it is like to go for a checkup. The main goal was to encourage kids to develop healthy habits, to take good care of themselves and not to skip on regular checks to their doctors and dentists.
“And a great way to do that for the children is through play. So we have medical doctor kits set up, we have dentists available to talk about the importance of brushing their teeth, and how important that is,” said Jen Horstmann from Blue Earth County Public Health.
Using the stuffies doctors also showed how to properly brush their teeth, how to treat minor scuffs and so on. The initiative is rather interesting and was attended by quite a few children along with their favorite teddy bears and other stuffed toys.