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Teddy Bear Clinic helps kids with fear of doctor visits

LA CROSSE, Wis. - It can be a scary experience for some kids, but if a cherished teddy bear can survive it, parents are hoping their kids will see they can too.

The Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation hosted a Teddy Bear Clinic at the La Crosse Children's Museum Sunday to help calm kids' fear of going to the doctor.

Kids can take their bears to get an X-ray, put an IV in their arm, and even pretend to draw some blood.


Organizers say it's a fun and important way to help children prepare for when it's their turn to go to the doctor.

"It also sets a stage a point of reference for parents when they bring their kids to the doctor they can say, ‘Remember at the Teddy Bear Clinic when this happened toy our Teddy Bear? Now it's going to happen to you,'" said  Gundersen Lutheran Child Life Specialist Jenny Noel.

The event was free and included volunteers from Viterbo University and UW-La Crosse as well.

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