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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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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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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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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…

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