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    Default Needle phobia prevention??

    Both dh and I are pro vaxxers but also quite needle phobic. Dh is worse than me as he can't even be in the room while dd is getting her shots but I am also have quite a phobia.

    I heard that these types of phobias can be passed on. I know that it's normal for kids to be frightened by a needle and it's never going to be pleasant, but is there anything I can do as she gets older to reduce the risk of it being a serious phobia like dh and me?

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    I think kids tend to pick up on the tension in their parents so you really need to work on either desensitising yourselves to needles, or get real good at acting like you aren't bothered. Maybe you need to watch some videos so you aren't reactive to it.

    Also, when you go in for the needles, particularly as they are bigger, instead of being reassuring (there there, it's ok, mummy is here) try distraction like singing a song or showing off a new book. The nurses at our gps have bubbles and all sorts of tricks.


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