It’s beginning to look a lot like…..flu seasooooooon!!

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Suck it up kid…geesh, it’s just a poke.

That’s what is in your mind when you take your child to the doctor for a shot. However, what you actually SAY is “everything will be fine” or “be brave” all while your little angel turns into Regan from The Exorcist. Well, here are a few tips I found to  help the visit for the flu shot go a little smoother. And no, shots of vodka for mommy are not on the list. Sorry. They may help you though..so thanks to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for these little nuggets of helpfulness:

Playing “Good” Parent vs. “Bad” Nurse or Doctor

Telling your child that the doctor or nurse is “bad” or “mean” could ultimately result in their distrust of health care providers.  You may want to explain to your son or daughter that any treatment given to them by their doctor and nurse is out of concern for their health.

It also helps to focus on the small things that were done to make your child feel better. Try saying one of the following:

  • “Thank you, Nurse Laurie, for caring so much about Linda and trying to keep her healthy.”  
  • “Thank you, Nurse Laurie, for caring so much about Linda and giving her such a nice Band-Aid and sticker.”

Taking Ownership of the Band-Aids

One strategy parents can use is to have the child bring special Band-Aids to put on after the shot, such as bandages featuring a favorite cartoon character.

Keeping Your Cool

In my previous post, I included a list of emotional don’ts for parents to remember during and after the doctor’s visit. Using a parent’s calming physical presence, some children prefer to sit in the parent’s lap for the shot.

If your child does not want to sit for the shot, you may be very clear and offer the child 2 choices only. This limits the child’s options, but allows them to feel in control of the decision.  The offer can go something like this:

“Shelli, there are only 2 choices. You can sit on the chair for the shot or you can sit on my lap.”

Distraction During the Appointment

When you arrive for the appointment, distract your child.  Bring a book to read, a coloring book, a handheld video game, or play a game of “I Spy.”

When the shot is over…

Maintain your calm, matter-of-fact attitude. It’s OK to give your child a big hug and kiss, and maybe take your child out for a small treat. 

I recommend keeping the treat small and not making a big deal about the appointment.  Making a bigger deal can mean that your child may try to barter for a treat every time they have a routine doctor’s visit. However, celebrating a successful trip to go get shots would be a great excuse to take your child to the park for a day of fun!

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Breakfast on the Farm August 17th at Humm Farm!

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Breakfast on the Farm August 17th at Humm Farm!

It’s free, have breakfast, learn about farming!

Superstitions

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I think I may have reverse luck. By this I mean the things that are supposed to create “bad luck” creates “good luck” for me. Yesterday, I was driving to class and a black cat crossed my path. Now you may think, “OH NO! BAD LUCK FOR THE DAY! :o”

If anything my luck was the best it has been in quite some time. After this occurred, I found ten dollars in my car, i got to class early and was released early, I got an extra fry when I ordered food, and I actually got a nap. I do not know if you all understand the significance of me getting a nap. I have three jobs, school, and a newborn and I was able to sleep for two hours before class. Not to mention that it was 60 degrees and sunny in Mid-Michigan.

That black cat was wonderful, the…

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My first born

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Well guys I’ve away from the computer for a while (hence me posting from the cell phone), its because I was at the bed side to see my first child born.

It was one of the proudest days of my life. I witnessed the magnificent struggle of child birth, the pushes the screams and then the cry. That cry was my daughter being introduced to this world and to her daddy. It is still fresh in my mind that I am a dad but I will always be there for her no matter what.

People told me I would cry when she was born but it didn’t happen I was just excited to see her and finally get to hold her in my arms. What a feeling to look down and see your daughter looking back at you.

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