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

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

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 &...