Shots When They Are Old Enough To Know It's Coming

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Shots When They Are Old Enough To Know It's Coming

Shots were no big deal until my daughter was old enough to know what was up. She has a check up next week and will need vaccinations… I’m wondering how I can make it as easy for her as possible. Any tips on making them less painful, and preparing her beforehand?

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  1. I did not prepare mine beforehand for the 4 year old shots. He is the type who would have obsessed over it so it was easier on all of us that he did not know what was coming until the nurse stuck the needle in. I think that for my son, talking about it beforehand would have made it a million times worse than it was…a few seconds of pain. But ice cream afterwards helped make up for it!

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    1. Good point! The problem is that she usually asks me on the way there if she will need shots. I don’t want to lie to her! Maybe I can just tell her we’ll have to see what the doctor says. 😉

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  2. That’s what I would do Stephanie, just tell her you’ll have to wait and see what the doc says! I never talk about it beforehand. But I guess if you feel the need, you could tell her she can have a special treat afterwards?

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  3. We had this issue come up just last week when taking my daughter to the doctor for her flu shot. On the way there she asked, “Do I have to get a boo-boo there?” Thinking I would help prepare her, I told her yes, she would get a quick little shot. Big mistake! She was crying before we even got into the waiting room and obsessed and panicked about it the whole time we were there. Lesson learned– next time I will play dumb and not tell her what’s in store!

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  4. So I have to update y’all on how it went! She asked if she needed shots, and I told her that we’d have to wait and see what the doctor said. She kind of knew it was coming, but I think my being iffy kept her from being nervous. She wasn’t happy when it was time for the shots, but cried through it and took it in stride. I did bribe her, though, (I know, I know, but four shots, blood drawn and a urine culture!!) and told her I had a fun surprise after it was all over. I’m not proud of the bribe… but is it really a bribe if they really deserve it? 😉

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    1. In my book that’s a reward, not a bribe. Or at least I just tell myself that to feel better about it!!!

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    2. Not a bribe – I’m guilty of doing the same! 🙂

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    3. Bribing is necessary! All of us with children know and understand this wonderful yet negative technique. And I agree with you stephanie, it is not a bribe if they deserve it. Right???

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  5. This is a tough one. My child went to the doctor last week and was going to need a vaccine. I knew but of course pretended i did not. He asked me if he was going to get one. I said I didnt know. He woke in the middle of the night and asked me, he asked me to call the doctor first thing in the morning and ask him. He was agonizing over this. It was awful and I felt bad. And when we did actually go to see the doctor once he learned of this one shot he lost it. He was nervous and sad and carrying on. WHY????? One shot! That is it. I felt bad for him but it was no big deal. He worried and carried on pretty much over nothing. He cried when the medical assistant came in the room and that was the end. He screamed for like 4 minutes and then I think he realized he was ok, but couldnt stop crying out of principle. I dont think there is anyway to prepare them. I think they hurt and kids are scared and that is how it is gonna be!

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    1. And sometimes the anxiety is worse than the physical pain!

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  6. I never tell her beforehand. It’s awful when she knows…she gets too anxious!

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