I tell my kids the moment we're walking in to see the nurse. They are suspicious as they know they're not sick. I won't lie if they ask but otherwise it's not something I talk about with them.
I figure if I was having my arm amputated I'd probably prefer to know only seconds before it happens rather than dwell on it for hours. But my kids can be VERY dramatic. I have also had a flu shot at the same time as a mark of solidarity, if I can remember to organise it.
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21-05-2014 21:58 #11
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21-05-2014 22:15 #12
Subbing. DS hates having his nails cut, I doubt any of the above will work for him when it comes to getting his 4 year-old needles! I think I'll get his dad to take him. He has a special calming effect on DS. He will cry more for me!
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21-05-2014 23:21 #14Senior Member
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I asked this q a few months ago too
I found that being honest on the day of the needles was the best bet.
It didn't give him too much time to freak out but allowed him to process and deal.
I just told him it would stop him from getting really sick and that once it was done he could have a lollipop for being brave
22-05-2014 07:15 #15
I told him about a week before his needles. He seemed ok on the day and when he was about to get the needle. He cried for about 2 secs and forgot about it once the lollies took an appearance.
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22-05-2014 07:22 #16-
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My DD is due to have hers, but she also has ASD, anyhooo, here's what works for us;
1. Don't lie, it's not going to tickle but it's not going to be horrific either. I explain to DD it does feel a bit uncomfortable, but it will keep her healthy (she gets sick ALOT & hates it, so this is a big draw card for her)
2. Rewards afterwards either way for being a 'big brave girl'. This is not one of those times we stand firm on 'behave or no treat' it's scary for them, it does hurt a little bit, if they manage to get vacs = treat.
3. Don't make a big deal about the lead up. They'll sense your anxiety.
22-05-2014 08:14 #17
22-05-2014 08:15 #18Senior Member
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I took my DS to the shops on the way to buy a lollipop and told him he could have it after his needles if he was brave. There were no tears from him, and the next time I had to take him to the dr he asked if he could please have a needle, because he wanted to get another lollipop!
22-05-2014 08:47 #19
Thanks guys. Everyone seems to be.suggesting the kind of thing I had in mind so that's reassuring
22-05-2014 08:58 #20
I had to take my DSS for his needles at age 4- all of them- he had to have each shot a few weeks apart (he was unvaccinated- long story) to catch up. I found the best thing was to be honest on the way to the dr, I held him close while he got them done or his dad did and like others, he got a reward later. It got tough toward the end, he would cry with anticipation and it broke my heart each time. But I would tell him how brave he was being and hold eye contact so he wouldn't notice as much and then it would be over. For him, the anticipation was usually worse than the needle, he was always ok a few mins later.
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