Going to the hospital and doctor's office can be even more frightening for children, but some young potential patients in Pitt County got some cuddly help with fighting that fear.
Kindergartners and first graders at Wahl-Coats Elementary School got to dress up as doctors and take their "patients", AKA their stuffed animals from home, to the school gym which was designed to look like a hospital.
The school partnered with Vidant Medical Center's Children's Hospital to the kids how to use medical instruments that might scare them.
Tara Parker with Pitt County Schools Health Sciences Academy says, "It's important for our students because they have a lot of fears of the hospital and fear of going to the doctor, so we like to bring this event to them so they can see what kind of instruments the doctors use, and we want to help eliminate some of these fears and introduce them to health careers at an early age."
Parker says they have a teddy bear hospital twice a year at Pitt County Schools. This spring it will be at Belvoir Elementary.