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Brooke

Brooke Batchelor, a paediatric nurse, registered primary school teacher, parent coach and student Play Therapist is the founder of The Paed Nurse and regularly contributes to its content. She also works in her local business, Love Play Parent where she helps parents with parenting struggles and helps kids work through their worries using play. When she is not working, she is playing with her 2 daughters, studying, reading, eating paleo (or pretending she does!) or attempting to be a creative goddess by knitting, sewing, crocheting or painting. Recently she bought a caravan and hopes to one day live in it with her small family while travelling Australia.

Reduce 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. 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 […]

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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 four years old. Most kids don’t react that way. By that age, they have already worked out that needles are scary, they hurt, and […]

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The Ultimate Distraction Toy & Pain Reliever: Buzzy Bee

Distracting your child while relieving injection pain is a major feat. Some would say it’s impossible! With Buzzy 4 Shots, you can do just that! Your child’s next Doctor appointment will be a breeze when you prepare them using my key preparation tips and take Buzzy Bee along!

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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 […]

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The amazing drug free approach to reducing pain in painful medical procedures

If you could remove or greatly reduce the pain your child feels when getting needles without medication would you? Well, you can! Learn a simple technique that can remove your child’s pain without medication.Advocated by child psychologists, this technique is used by some of the world’s leading…

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Helping a child overcome their fear of needles

Dear Brooke,
Our daughter is saying she won’t go for her next vaccinations (3 ½ years old). She is strong willed and persuasion isn’t, so far, getting me anywhere. She isn’t going into her reasons. I’d be very interested in any tips you have on what to do, please.
From Bess.

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Preparing for facial stitches: a parent asks

Dear Brooke,
I read your post on Medical Play for preparation today and wondered: Is there a way you would suggest using medical play to prepare a young child for stitches? My daughter, Charlotte (3 years old), has split her chin…

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So your child’s booked for a medical procedure: Medical Play

Have you ever had a healthcare experience with a child, or your own, where it did not go well? Was the child terrified and uncooperative resulting in restraint that may have been avoided with the right preparation? Or, have you had a child tell you about a procedure only to realise that they don’t really understand?

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Stop pinning kids down: the case against restraint for medical procedures

It is easy to forget about or ignore the unseen psychological damage we can cause a child when we are caring for their physical health, but once you have seen the result of the damage, it’s hard to forget. Something that seems so small to an adult, can be traumatic for a child…

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Don’t thank the nurse!

Jack (4 years old) needed an injection. He was scared. I explained to him the different places on his body that the injection could go so that he could choose. He chose his arm. Despite being given a choice about the location, he remained nervous. I noticed a tear trickle down his face…

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