Injections when they are aware?


Ben has an appointment this Friday for his MMR booster, and since the card came through I have been avoiding thinking about it. This will be the first time he will be aware of what is going on when I take him and I am really torn over what I should say before we go in.

Is it best to not talk about it, hold his arm out, grab the rest of him in a tight hug and hold me breath?   Or should I prepare him a little?

He is a bright boy and I don’t like to lie to him but equally I don’t want to end up having to drag him into the place.  We never seem to have much success at this surgery, last time we were thereit involved me having to hold him down so the GP could take a look at him.

So any advice and stories of how you handled it would be great.


  1. 11 May , 2011 / 8:46 pm

    I told Zak he was going for an injection, but only about half an hour before we went. I said he could have a special treat afterwards. He had no idea that injections hurt so wasn’t phased at all.

    When we got there the nurses were brilliant. They sat him on my knee facing me with his arms found my neck and then 2 of them jabbed him in each arm at the same time. It was over super quick and he only cried a tiny bit.

    It was a lot better than I expected!

    Goos luck on Friday, I’m sure you’ll both be fine. xx

    • 2 Stars and a Swirl
      12 May , 2011 / 9:42 pm

      There is 2 needles? *gulp*

      Chocolate eggs have been promised 🙂

  2. 11 May , 2011 / 10:04 pm

    Hello….came over from blogger.ed

    I think you do need to prepare him but only on the day, even an hour or just before you leave…in my opinion and I also think it is okay to use bribery or a special treat afterwards in these occasions after all it is a horrid thing to go through. Definitely don’t say needle or it’s going to hurt. Hopefully he won’t even notice the injection. I’ve been known to give mine a lollipop just before the injection to distract them. Good luck.

    • 2 Stars and a Swirl
      11 May , 2011 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks for your reply 🙂
      I was wondering if I should say some medicine in your arm type thing? Was your LO ok after? Do they understand that not every visit to the doctors will mean an injection?

  3. 12 May , 2011 / 8:04 pm

    I did prepare my child a little bit, but not a long way in advance. I promised a treat afterwards too. However don’t take a drink to give them, they won’t jab while they are drinking in case they start crying and choke.

    • 2 Stars and a Swirl
      12 May , 2011 / 8:17 pm

      I made the mistake last time giving him chocolate when they were doing it and he nearly choked! Nurse wasn’t impressed with me. Thanks for the advice 🙂

  4. 12 May , 2011 / 8:17 pm

    These are the worst of all their jabs I think! With mine, I told them shortly before we went but I avoided scary words like injections and just tried to make light of it. And I would definitely use a bribe! It’s amazing how a promise of a comic and some chocolate buttons can make everything better at that age 😉

  5. 12 May , 2011 / 8:19 pm

    I told him it was going to hurt. A LOT. Given my build up, I think he thought it was okay!

    Not being flippant, but I honestly wouldn’t worry too much. It hurts. They cry. It gets better. I’m sure I wrote a similarly fraught blog post at the time!

  6. 12 May , 2011 / 9:39 pm

    Thanks everyone – we had a chat before bed, I told him he was going to the doctors tomorrow and he was going to get some medicine in his arm, he asked was his arm sore? I said no (then paused to think of the right words!)and said it was to make him a big strong boy (lies…more lies, kind of) and that he could have a treat afterwards. He thought then replied, “will they have to make a hole in my arm?” Hmmm…too bright for his own good!!!
    I’ll report back!

  7. 2 Stars and a Swirl
    13 May , 2011 / 10:24 pm

    Just to update – we went along and he was calm, I didn’t mention it would hurt at any point, just said medicine in his arm. The first one was fine, he said it tickled, but the nurse said to me the 2nd would be much worse and it was, poor thing sobbed into me. But was so brave, turned down the chocolate and I carried him out.

    We went to the supermarket next door and he choose a train – I possibly would have bought him a real car and dog and anything else he wanted at that point!!

    He has been ok today, a bit more tired, but no other reactions.

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