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#1 Porthos

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:47 AM

Hi Guys,

A bit late for this post but will give it a shot anyways.

Cate has her 4 yo needles at 1.30pm today. Do I give her the heads up that it will hurt OR just go along with it and deal with any fall out?

Don't want to freak her out by telling her it will hurt but, at the same time, don't want her to have a nasty surprise.

FWIW she barely blinked at her 2 yo needles....

#2 lena

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:56 AM

Yes definitely tell her. I told Zack and he was a little worried I just told him it will only be like a little pinch and will be over very quicly... afterwards he said that wasn't bad, it didn't hurt at all. The nurses told me how glad they were I had told him because they have so many people come in with the kid having know idea and it can cause major problems.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 07:57 AM

Nope, don't say anything. I told Lewis, cue tantrum on the way there, in the waiting room and massive meltdown when the nurse was prepping him.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:52 AM

We told Will in a very matter of fact way. We just said - when you turn 4 you have a needle to stop you getting sick, it will feel like a pinch on your arm, then they'll put on a special bandaid and afterwards we'll go get a babycino.

He was fine with that. He would have hated being caught unawares - likes lots of warning for stuff.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:57 AM

I suspect it depends on what kind of kid she is. Is she the type to get herself all worked up if she knows it's coming or the kind of kid who needs a bit of time to process things before they happen?
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:03 AM

I agree with telling them. But I also agree that each child is different.

My eldest son did great with lots of warning - he viewed it as a challenge.

Unfortunately my daughter is just like her mother and abhors any kind of pain. I will tell her she has to have a "shot" or a "needle" but will not mention the pain until the last minute or so.

Hope it goes ok x
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:05 AM

I told Zoe but the twins got theirs done the same day so she was excited!
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:28 AM

We told Nate. DH took him and I got there just as they had finished, I was prepared to be greeted by a massive tantrum. Instead I found him happy and proud of himself for being so brave and eating a mustik. laugh.gif


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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:02 AM

I adopt an honesty policy here and it works for us, though neither of my kids make much of a fuss about anything.

I told them both they would have a needle, that it was medicine to stop them getting sick and would be just a little pinch/sting.

Rosie cried a little But got over it, Eddie didn't even flinch.

I wouldnt want them to be worried every time they went to the dr in case there was going to be a needle.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:12 AM

I did- and I do/will do every time.

Much along the lines of, "you're going to have a needle today at the doctors to help stop you getting sick. It will feel a bit stingy for three seconds, and then you can have a chocolate frog or a lollypop."

Our GP now gives "bravery certificates" along with stickers and lollypops if they're 'brave', which I suspect does help.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 10:19 AM

Thanks guys: tell her it is.

She is pretty good about the doctors in general, actually loves heading down there rolleyes.gif We will be going to the council hub to have it done but I'll phrase it like the doctors. Emmett has his needles today too so I might try the idea that she has to be brave to show Emmett how to behave wink.gif

Wish me luck!

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 12:04 PM

Your idea about showing the baby how it is done worked great here. The twins got their pneumoccal boosters at the same time as the baby was getting one of her batches of needles. They went first to show her how brave they could be and by the time I needed to focus on her, they were happily eating all the snakes out of the doctor's lolly jar. I told them before hand that that was what would be happening.

TBH, there is usually more carry on with the year 6 girls who are getting their needles than with 3/4 yo. You wouldn't believe how much they can hype each other up!
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

I told H the day before. I said it would hurt a little bit - just like a pinch, and if he was really brave he could have a toy he'd been after for ages. I wanted him to have time to prepare himself.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 03:48 PM

Hope it all went really smoothly for you today. We had a social story for Josh and he actually walked into the doctor asking for his shots! laugh.gif He was so good.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:55 PM

How did she go?




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