post #41 of 57
9/29/08 at 9:16am
I think they can be traumatizing if the child is told it wont hurt, is not allowed to roll play, etc. I was never traumatized about it. My parents did not lie to me and tell me it would not hurt. They told me what would happen, it would hurt, and described the feeling. They then told me I will be sore after wards, but the intense pain will stop shortly after the needle comes out. I do not fear dr.'s/nurses for that reason now. I never really found the pain from a shot to be severe, though.
We selectively/delay vax and describe everything to my kids, too. We roll play as well. They know exactly what will happen at the dr.'s office. One of my things, is I refuse to restrain my kids. I have the nurse do that. I do the comforting afterwards. We then do something fun afterwards.