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    Default 3yo- how to prepare him for needles.

    Ds is 3.5 yo and so can have his 4yo needles anytime from now.

    The last ones he doesn’t remember as he was only 18 months old.

    How do I prepare him? What worked or didn't work for you?

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    The same day I was conveniently having a blood test. DS watched and was amazed at how it didn't hurt mummy and that he wanted a needle too.

    Different story when he actually had the needle! Still, we got it done without argument.

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    Maybe a social story about how needles don't really hurt or something similar. There are also patches than can numb the area prior to getting the injection which is supposed to be helpful.

    Good luck

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    My four year old just had his done (a little late, he's 4.5). I told him we were going to the Doctors for some needles, that inside the needles is special medicine to stop him from getting sick. He's very big on superheroes and the like, so I told him the medicine was like a special force field inside his body to repel sickness. I told him it will hurt when they do it, probably more than just a little bit. But afterwards it would stop hurting. So he needed to be brave but it wouldn't take too long.
    He was really good with them. I think being completely honest about it helped, as they do one in each arm. That's the one thing I forgot to mention so he nearly panicked at the second one but he was so so brave and he was prepared for it to hurt so he didn't get a huge shock the first time.

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    I don't think it's a good idea to tell them it won't hurt because it does hurt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I don't think it's a good idea to tell them it won't hurt because it does hurt!
    I agree. The nurse told me this when I saw her for my baby's needles and I asked her advice. He won't trust me again!

    Liking the super powers idea.

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    Subbing as I will be in this situation in a months time with dd1. But agree with the pp in telling them the truth. Or atleast not saying it won't hurt...cos it will.

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    My post meant to say that a social story telling them that it won't hurt "a lot", rather than really, I just worded it badly.

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    The truth. That worked for me x 3.
    Around the day before they went, I explained that we'd be going to the doctor and they would be getting immunisations, which are needles (two needles?) that have a special medicine inside that will try to stop you getting really bad sicknesses, not like little coughs and sneezes, but really bad sicknesses that can make you be in hospital for being so sick. I told them that the needle will only hurt for a couple of seconds when it goes in (and I poked them in the arm with my finger to show how quick "a couple of seconds" would be), and that when the needle is out the pain will start going away straight away, and then we will be all finished with that very important job.

    I never had any problems with this. No crying, no anxiety. Easy!

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    I told DD on the way to the Dr. She thinks too much so it wasn't worth telling her beforehand, it would have consumed her. I told her it would feel like a sharp pinch, but keep her from getting bad illnesses that would put her in hospital. Afterwards we had a fun day out, a nice morning tea and she chose a movie to watch in the afternoon. I think the Dr gave her a jellybean which she had to hold until she had the needle.


 

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