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That was torture!

  • jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
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    I had to take the kids to their 5 yearh old well visit yesterday and it went horribly, horribly wrong :(
    They were so excited to get a check up and were ever prepared for the shots…. or so we thought.
    Bella went first and started to cry and said how they hurt and that sent Jack into shear panic. He was hiding behind me and was screaming “Don’ make me do it Mommy – I don’t want to be brave. I am not brave”. I held him in my lap and then there is Bella crying in the corner, “I just want a hug…”. I was tearing up right along with them. They have never freaked out before but yesterday was just horrible. Jack woke up with nightmares about it last night.

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  • lilybell
    lilybell
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    awww poor kids. I hope they’re doing better and got lots of ice cream.

    Momkey
    Momkey
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    I know the feeling! Every time Kaylyn get a shot, I tend to want to cry harder than she is! I hate seeing her in pain! But that trip to a play place makes her forget all about it!


    embra
    Participant

    Oh no! Poor puppies. I hope you got ice cream for yourself as well. That sounds awful.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    Oh gosh, I’m sorry. :( Our pedi does the big round of shots at the 4yr visit rather than the 5yr so we got those out of the way last January. It was rough! I took DH with me for added help. The bright side is once they get through this round, no more till age 11!

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
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    Our pedi does the same as twosapphires–glad my two big girls have no more shots until middle school! I’ve personally never really struggled with getting really sad though because I see it as something that’s helping them in the long term. It’s always a little sad to see them hurt though.

    jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
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    One of them was the flu shot so they will have that one next year but I am considering bringing them at different times. I think it would have gone better had they not fed off of each other.
    I need to remind myself of this next year

    Momkey
    Momkey
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    I Totally would do it that way! I thought by taking Kaylyn at the same time I went for blood work so she can see Mommy going through it too! The people told me that it would not be so good for her to see me getting it done because it would scare her! So, I went first (they had to wait for someone with more experience with children to finish with another person!) And that person didn’t do such a great job either! They had to poke her 4 times before finding a vein! Idiots!!! She was terrified of needles already, that just reinforced it!

    Momkey
    Momkey
    Participant

    Oh, and it wasn’t because she moved while they were doing it! Me and my husband were holding her still!


    embra
    Participant

    @Momkey, blood draws can be really tough on little kids because their veins are so small and they are frequently freaked out, which makes blood flow to the limbs decrease. People usually have trouble taking blood from me as well (even though I am far from a little kid), and I’ve gathered these tips over the years that might help your daughter (or whoever). 1) Make sure the person getting blood drawn is well hydrated ahead of time. When you are dehydrates, your vessels constrict, which makes it harder to take blood. 2) Instead of trying to keep her calm ahead of time, let her jump around. This will raise her blood pressure, also making it easier to find the veins. 3) If you can keep her from getting anxious, that will also help, but I know that is hard. The stress response is part of what constricts the blood vessels. 4) About 10 or 15 minutes ahead of time, start warming up the arm or hand where the blood draw will take place. You can use warm face cloths or those little disposable hot pads from a drug store. The doctor might also have some on hand you can ask for if you get there early enough. Warming the area also makes it easier to find a vein. Of course, none of this applies for shots, which I know Sara was talking about, but maybe it will help some parents out there who have blood draws in their future.

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