“She did worried eyebrows and said I needed to go to the doctor”
Betsy has a Mummy, Daddy and a dog called Rufus. One day she feels unwell and has a sore ear. Her mother is worried about her and arranges for her to go the Doctor. She takes her favourite toy Penguin, even though Penguin is scared and doesn’t want to go. She meets her friend Wynne at the Doctor’s surgery and she has a sore tummy and spends a little time playing together. When it is Betsy’s time to see the doctor she isn’t sure about the medical equipment. The kind doctor checks penguin first which then makes Betsy feel a little less afraid and she allows the doctor to check her too. She is very proud when the doctor gives her a sticker for being brave. Betsy is a good girl who takes her medicine and it starts to make her feel better. She then uses imaginative play with her Daddy and pretends she is the Doctor and wants to be one when she grows up.
Betsy is suffering from a common childhood illness which needs medical attention. The kind doctor includes her comfort toy during the consultation and makes the daunting medical experience a positive one. Betsy feels proud of her sticker that her doctor gives her and takes her medications to help her to get better. Children often find it difficult to take medicines as they taste strange and often quite ‘yucky’ so it was a positive message that Betsy takes her medicine without complaint and in doing so, feels better and in turn, wants to help others.