I normally nurse DD while she receives the shot. It always irritates the nurse but it works out great. DD doesn't fight or cry at all. She just glares and keeps nursing. So the nurse took a bit of blood for the iron test and DD didn't make a sound. In fact, she seemed to barely notice. Then, the nurse grabbed the flu needle. I usually look at DD when she gets poked to distract her but this time I watched the needle. The woman stuck it SO deep into DD's thigh. My jaw literally dropped and I was speechless. She put it so deep that the 2.5-3 inch needle was gone. Her leg skin hit the plastic casing on the shot (I don't know what it's called). DD started howling immediately--before the shot was even administered. She was in real pain. My mind was racing and I couldn't find the words to ask why the hell she had put that stupid needle so deep in my baby's leg?? It was miserable. When the stupid nurse took the needle out, DD's leg bled a lot. Like pouring down her leg. That's also never happened.
It's worth noting that I have a slender baby. She's 99th% for height and 55th% for weight, so her thighs are certainly not large or chubby. I seriously worry that the stupid nurse hit my baby's bone with the needle and that's why it was immediately excruciating.
Also, for the record, I've been nursing DD during shots since 4 months and she's never cried since then, until now. So I'm positive that she was not overreacting and did feel significant pain.
I guess I'm just wondering if this has happened to anyone before. Am I right to feel horrified at how deep she placed the needle?? Should I file a complaint? I can't imagine how many other children are being needlessly injured by this woman. I also just feel like total crap about letting them hurt her. I'm trying so hard to protect her and make the best choices I can, and it seems like I'm failing miserably.
I had already decided that this practice is not a good fit for our family and was going to seek a more open-minded, patient-focused doctor. This just seals the deal. I won't be taking my child back to that office.
Thanks for reading this.