Posted: Friday, 06 June 2014 3:47PM

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



iStock/Thinkstock(GIESSEN, Germany) -- 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.

The clinic aimed to ease anxiety among children, an estimated 90 percent of whom have fears about hospitals and doctors, according to a 2009 study. It also gave med students the chance to work with kids and save the day by bringing their plush pals back from the brink.

The doctors-in-training used a mix of real and fake medical instruments to diagnose and treat teddy bears, stuffed cats and other cuddly critters.

Some of the stuffed toys needed X-rays and CT scans. Others needed make-believe medical consultations and pretend prescriptions.

One stuffed dragon needed an operation, giving his owner a chance to learn about sterility.

But once in a while, a simple bandage did the trick.


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