Friday, 8 November 2013

Nasty Needles and Tilly tears :(

Last week i had to take tilly for her flu nasal spray at the doctors. only to get there to be told she would benefit from the injection more as she had secondary pneumonia when she was a little baby.

When we came out she was upset and hated me for putting her through the whole experience (who can blame her)

Whilst looking through the internet the other night i came across a good website with advice for mums taking the children for injections etc. Its the website of  and there was an article from Dr Ranj, the qualified GP who is often seen on This Morning and The programme my little girl loves is  'Get well soon'.

His facebook page is found here  Dr Ranj and it has many usefull links on there.

Here are a few of the tips from Dr Ranj about taking your little ones to the Dr for an injection

1. Talk…

Simply explaining to a child what you are going to do and why may help them feel more comfortable, and it’s good to be honest about it (e.g. this might sting a little). This is such a powerful tool when it comes to kids – often their idea of something is much worse than it actually is! Also, it helps if they tell us if there is anything in particular that they are worried about so those fears can be put to rest.
2. Stay Calm…

You’d be surprised how much children pick up on their parents’ anxieties. It really does help if everyone stays as calm as possible! Also, it’s really useful if parents can help keep their child still – this can make the process much quicker and more comfortable.
3. Distraction…

Using a story, favourite toy or even an iPad can be a great little technique in many ages. Simply taking a child’s mind off the process can be a real help – they may not even realise it’s been done! Some departments have Play Therapists who are fantastic at doing this.
4. ‘Magic Cream’…

This stuff does exactly what is says on the box! It’s a special cream that numbs the surface of the skin. It has to be put on a while before the procedure as it can take some time to work (up to an hour depending on the type). The downside is that it can cause a skin reaction in some children, and can make things more difficult in younger ones, so it may not always be suitable.
5. Cold Spray…

A bit like magic cream, this is an ice-cold spray that numbs the skin temporarily. It wears off quickly so is used just before the procedure is done. It definitely helps takes the edge off things.
6. Feed…

When it comes to babies, they can be easily placated with a small feed either just before or during the test – careful not to give too much as they may vomit! Also, sucking on a dummy (non-nutritive sucking) can be a really good distraction.
7. Sugar Solution…

Some departments have special sugar solutions that can be given to babies and infants before painful procedures. They are thought to work by releasing natural painkilling endorphins. These are great in little ones, but get less effective as they get older and not every department has them.
For kids who are really struggling with needle-related fears, then spending some time with a Play Therapist or Child Psychologist can really help them, and prevent longer term problems.
Remember: we only do blood tests in children when we have to and doing painful procedures can be stressful for everyone involved – so it’s important to use every tool we can to help make things better. Hope my guide helps!

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