Let’s stop your child’s pain and distress at needle time!

A few weeks ago I published my first post about using Buzzy when your child is getting a needle. Since then, Buzzy has been flooding Instagram while travels around with me everywhere… BUT… the truth is, I have been inundated with emails asking me to ‘show’ you how to use Buzzy. It hadn’t occurred to me to make a video for you all until a friend of mine said, ‘Hey! I know this is easy for you but it isn’t for us! I’d like to actually see the Buzzy in action!’ I set about brainstorming how to make a video with a needle… and Buzzy At first I thought about how I could ethically give my daughter an injection and film it showing Buzzy in action. Just kidding! I would never do that but there lies my problem… How do I do this? I ended up releasing this video It was launched on my Facebook site about 7 days ago. It has already been viewed hundreds of times! People are already seeing how gooooooood this could be in their own homes and they are actually entering my competition to win one of their very own! So if you missed it, watch on! https://thepaediatricnurse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Buzzy4shots-2.mp4 The key points are: You really need to let your child play with Buzzy before the appointment. They need to be familiar with the feeling of the vibration. The ice pack must be cold! It provides over 60% of the pain relief! Buzzy’s vibration should be switched on just as the needle is about to go in. Any earlier and your child’s nerves will be ‘used... read more

Try this ridiculously simple step for a happier doctor visit

‘I’ll go! I’ll have my needles first! I want the first one in my left arm!” That was my daughter when she had some needles at 4 years old. Most kids don’t react that way. By that age, they have already worked out that needles are scary, they hurt and bigger people hold you down while you get them. That’s no walk in the park for a little kid and it makes future doctor visits much more scary! So why did my daughter so happily offer herself up for two needles? If you have read my posts explaining how needle phobia can begin, you will understand the brain’s response to this stressful time for the unprepared child. By preparing your child through medical play, you are giving them the opportunity to be a willing participant in their own healthcare and reducing their risk of developing a lifelong needle phobia. When we allow a person the time to process a scary prospect, it gives them the opportunity to ask questions and iron out their fears safely. So how do you do this? Play with needles Ok, I’m joking about playing with needles… sort of. This is all about being familiar with the equipment and is one of the most important steps. Many children find the equipment really scary but by being familiar with the equipment, this fear subsides. There are some wonderful medical play toys out there that you can add to your, no doubt, massive toy collection. Believe me, they are a useful tool as well as a toy so you will definitely get your money’s worth. Here are... read more

Make your child’s injections a breeze! WIN your own Buzzy Bee!

HOORAY! It’s competition time! To celebrate the release of my new eBook, ‘Supporting a child through injections’, I approached Buzzy4Shots to ask if they would like to donate one Buzzy Bee to be given away in my very first competition… they said YES!!! If you haven’t already read my post about Buzzy, click here to find out more! By the way, I did not get paid to write my review or run this competition. I have used Buzzy many times and believe it can offer your child great benefits in the way of pain relief. How to enter to WIN a copy of my eBook and a Buzzy in 3 short steps 1. Share this post on Facebook so that your friends can enter too! (Set the share to public so we can find it) 2. If you haven’t already, like ‘The Paed Nurse’ Facebook page>>> here! 3. Comment below and tell us what you will be using Buzzy for if you win! Entries close 9th March, 2016 at 11.59pm AEST. The winner will be announced 16th March, 2016 at 5.30pm AEST. Open to all Australian residents except those that reside in New South Wales (sorry! To buy a competition license in NSW, costs $$$!). Competition T&Cs Please click here to view the terms & conditions. All entrants are bound by these terms &... read more

I think my child is suffering medical trauma: a parent asks

Dear Brooke, I just read your article on restraints in medical procedures and trauma in children. My son was retrained as he needed his eyes flushed. I feel like a horrible failure of a mother for letting them. He was screaming and crying for me to stop them for the entire time. I thought he’d go blind if they didn’t do it. I explained all of this to him and he seemed okay later but I learned later they could’ve sedated him! I hadn’t known this was an option. This was a couple of months ago. I want to do what I can to make sure the damage is minimal for him even though he doesn’t seem upset by it now and seems to understand why it was done. It was the most heartbreaking experience of my life and It was traumatizing for him. I’ve asked advice from a few behaviour specialists but they didn’t say much. Do you have any advice? Melanie Hi Melanie, Firstly, I am so sorry that you and your son had to go through that. You are a great mother and I can see from your message that you always do your best. Parenting is tough and it should never be underestimated. It sounds like you were a great support to your son when he was going through this experience. That is the main thing. When a child has to be restrained, the key is to have the right support and it sounds like you provided that to him. So there are a few things you can do for him that might give you... read more