A bunch of bears get stitches to help kids face their fear of the doctor

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Regardless of how old you are, going to the doctor can be a bit daunting. So to help kids get over their fear at a young age, the Hennepin County Medical Center hosted a special Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday.

Kids came bearing their stuffed critters. Together, they learned all about hygiene, safety, and healthy eating. There was also an ambulance available to tour.

The children even tested out their own medical expertise and helped doctors give stitches and splint broken bones – on their stuffed animals, of course.

Judging from the photos, the kids had a great time – we can't account for the bears, however.

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Fear of going to the doctor

Being afraid of the doctor or feeling uneasy at a clinic is actually pretty common, even for adults.

According to WebMD, up to 20 percent of the population suffers from "white coat syndrome." That's when a person's blood pressure dramatically increases at a doctor's office.

In fact, trypanophobia – the fear of injections – is one of the top 10 most common phobias, affecting 1 in 10 Americans.

People can overcome their fears, though.

A Fox News article written by a doctor says the best way to overcome fears is to face them.

It suggests people watch YouTube videos to simulate the experience or even consult a behavioral therapist if the fear is preventing you from getting adequate healthcare.

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