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The dreaded back to school required vaccines trip! We all have to take our kids and we all have had those phases or perhaps still have them of a child terrified of shots. Do you pre-tell your child or let it just happen? I have tried both techniques between our boys and some boys I can pre-tell while the other I cannot do that! Last year I tried a very simple method with my youngest who was full of back to school vaccine anxiety and here is how we handled the trip to #GiveaShot.
Our youngest needed his vaccines last year and he is our most anxious child, but one that I have to pre-tell. If he anticipates things without knowing exactly the way it is to go down and you throw in a twist, he goes nuts. His anxieties work much better by letting him know and trust us that things will happen the way we pre-tell him. So last year as he was in a money motivated phase, I showed him 10 $1 bills. I told him he can be nervous and even scared, but for every time he fights or refuses, he loses a dollar! After the appointment, he could spend his money on a toy. Why this worked so well is as I noticed him starting the panic, I quietly took out those 10 $1 bills in the room and showed it to him. At that moment, our Dr. asked what that was about and he told him. A shot snuck in during the story he told-“see, that wasn’t too bad” (2 more to go)! He had a startled look until Dr said “There are 2 shots left. Let’s do this fast and if you let me I want to add to your fund”. My son’s eyes lit up. The last 2 shots were given and his Dr reached in his wallet and handed him $2. He was so excited. Want to know the funny thing about this story? Just last week he had his eye on a toy, but not enough money. He remembered last years back to school shot ordeal and says “Mom, do I need shots this year?…because if I do, maybe Dr will give me money and I can get my TMNT sword”. No shots for this year, but funny he wanted them again for the money.
- Pertussis/Whooping Cough (Tdap)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (age 11+)
- Meningococcal Conjugate (Meningitis/MCV4)
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)