advice please! shots for 2 yr. old

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Registered: 03-27-2008
advice please! shots for 2 yr. old
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Mon, 05-17-2010 - 1:15pm
My daughter has JRA and I have to start giving her medication through injection. I was wondering if anyone had any good tips on how to make this process not so traumatizing (for either of us)! Thanks so much.
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Registered: 02-26-2008
Mon, 05-17-2010 - 6:19pm
My friend said that if she could have someone whisper in her son's ear while shots were being administered he wouldn't cry...
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Registered: 06-25-2005
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 8:39am

Talk to your doc about using a topical gel, such as Orajel, to make it less painful. You have to be careful about using too much, but your doc could guide you better.

I never had to give my kids shots, but oral medications were a nightmare to get into them. The doc recommended giving them candy to make it easier. At first I thought that was silly, but it really worked. They still hated the medicine, but since they knew a treat was coming afterward (they loved the taste of candy plus it got the yucky medicine taste out of their mouth), it lessened the trauma. You could use stickers, small toys, candy, plastic jewelry, or whatever your dd likes as a reward. Or, it could even be that you schedule a special activity after shot time, such as fingerpainting, a trip to the park, etc.

Good luck!

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Registered: 02-06-2006
Wed, 05-19-2010 - 10:12pm

Aw, I'm so sorry you both have to go through that!


Try this (I have heard wonderful things about it):


http://www.needle-pain-management.com/


Best of luck and HUGS to you and your daughter!

 

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Registered: 03-27-2008
Fri, 05-21-2010 - 6:49pm
Thanks to all who gave me advice! Its very much appreciated!!! The first one went horribly bad! Hopefully it can only get better. Thanks again everyone!