Try this ridiculously simple step for a happier doctor visit

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...
Don’t thank the nurse!

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…

Good Nurses Let them Cry

Good Nurses Let them Cry

I see this video doing the rounds on Facebook every few months and it concerns me when I see so many people delighting in the Doctor’s tactics. I know it’s a wonderful feeling to avoid tears. I know how hard it is to witness a child crying especially when you have caused the hurt. But it doesn’t make it ok to disrespect a child by throwing tissues in their face…