Kira was super excited to meet her new pediatrician today. She even decided to dress up for the occasion…as Doc McStuffins of course! Kira hasn’t had any major medical issues, just the yearly checkup. This checkup was very routine. All went smoothly until she heard that 4-letter word:
Like many kids, Kira is not a fan of getting shots. She was immediately fearful the moment she hear the word SHOT. She grabbed onto me for dear life. I thought she was going to climb up onto my head, but I was able to calm her down enough to have her sit on the table. The moment the needles were in sight it all went downhill. I felt badly for the nurse who was just trying to do her job. The nurse and I both tried to sooth Kira…however, nothing was going to work. The nurse moved quickly and gave her all 4 shots as fast as she could.
DONE…so we thought.
Kira began to shake. I knelt down to see if she was okay. Then Kira put her hands to her mouth like she was going to throw up. She didn’t, but all of a sudden she went as pale as a ghost. The nurse suggested that Kira lay down. After 5 minutes we called the doctor back because Kira was still looking pale and acting very sleepy. At one point she closed her eyes (almost like she passed out).
I was trying to keep calm for Kira’s sake, but I was FREAKING OUT inside.
It took about twenty minutes before Kira was “well” enough to leave the doctor’s office. We learned in the course of a regular physical that Kira has Trypanophobia, or fear of needles. This is very important to know…because now when we know she needs to have a shot we need to make sure to prep her verbally and make sure she has eaten. Then when the shot is administered she will need to lay down.
Does your child have a fear of needles? What has worked for you? I’d love to hear your stories.