February 12, 2004

4 Months and 4 Shots


Today was another day of 4 immunization shots -- Prevnar, Hib, OPV/IPV and DTP/DTaP/DT/Td -- to dread. Although Kate was great through the whole experience, it was extremely painful for us to watch. Today's nurse was VERY slow at administering each shot. It seemed like the torture would never end. The nurses that make it a quick process -- boom, boom, boom, boom -- are the best. Where was that nurse today?

Coincidentally, on a baby show I saw recently I learned that some doctor's office use Ethyl Chloride to cool and numb the area before a shot. The company that makes this product says that it should ease the anxiety of shots for parent and child and that there will be no more bad memories of painful shots again. Hello?!? I think it should be mandatory for every pediatrician's office to have this stuff!

Anyway, this time we did something a little different to try to calm Kate after her shots. Instead of nursing her, Ken tried to soothe Kate by holding her and talking to her. The tears lasted a little longer than normal, but it still worked very well. We know she's still a baby, but we don't want Kate to start to connect pain or distress with eating. We don't want her to turn into an emotional eater as Dr. Phil would say. Sure Kate will probably still reach for that Rocky Road after a bad break up, but at least the therapist won't track it back to her mother nursing her after emotional, nasty shots. :-)

As always we took a few pictures of Kate prior to the shots. She was in very good spirits...before the shots. Pictures at the doctor's office has become our tradition. They are a good monthly marker of Kate's development and show how big she's gotten that past month. Speaking of, Kate weighed in at 13 lbs. 7 oz. and 25 inches. The doctor said she's right on track, and at next month's visit we're going to discuss starting Kate on some rice cereal.
Posted by Jean-Marie at February 12, 2004 06:38 PM
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When my now four year old was your daughters age, my SIL (she's a physcial therapist) suggested I ask the doctor for something like ethyl chloride. I guess they even make them in little patches that you put on your child's leg etc. before the appointment. I asked our pediatrition for something like that and he was all like "Oh, that reallly doesn't help. It still hurts deep in the muscle." I'm still convinced that it would help, and could be a very easy thing for peace of mind for parents, and less pain for the child. No matter what they say, shots do hurt. (Especially when the do 4 at a time.) I'm so glad my son's bulk of shots are over, and he hasn't had any for two yearly check-ups now, but he gets another round next year in time for Kindergarten. I'm so not looking forward to that. Good luck, your little girl is sure a cutie! Posted by: Kari at February 24, 2004 02:57 PM
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