My child is phobic of wounds, the dentist, injections.How can you help?

Fatma - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is really phobic and gets really upset if he is wounded or if he needs an injection or something .The problem is that he has dental caries and he needs to have regular visits to the dentist and he might need an operation. I dont know what to do to calm him down whenever it comes to wounds or any medical or surgical procedures. Please tell me if you have had an experience like this and tell me how to deal with ie if you could. Thanks.

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Gianni - posted on 06/22/2012

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This is normal and it applies to numerous children. I myself was like this and I see the same thing in my sister's kids, my friends' kids, and with my own. I don't know how extreme your son's case is, but my son and daughter certainly don't jump with joy to go to the pediatrician for their shots. I try to alleviate it by holding them when they get shots, or staying close by them when they're at the dentist's. I also give them small treats (toys, whatnots) after and they know that.

Christina - posted on 05/24/2010

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My daughter doesn't have a fear of those things. But when we take her to the doctor she gets a little skittish. If, however, we take her to a male doctor, it doesn't matter how nice they are, she freaks out. She wants absolutely nothing to do with most of them. Male nurses she's okay with, but not doctors. When it's time for her vaccinations, she also get upset. She knows they're going to stick her and it's going to burn and hurt for a little bit. Once she realizes they're done, it takes less than two minutes for her to dry-up and she's just disgruntled for a little bit.

Sky is right, tho. young kids are very impressionable, more-so than most people realize. My ddaughter didn't start having nightmares til she watched 'From Dusk til Dawn' the third time. After that, she started waking up at night, scared and crying til we picked her up and rocked her a bit. Picking her up is hard sometimes cuz she squirms when she's scared. Maybe your son saw something that made his fear worse. It's hard sometimes, even given the light-hearted nature of kids' shows, but you might have to start paying real close attention to what he watches to make sure it's not causing this.

Best of luck to you. I hope it gets better.

Sky - posted on 05/21/2010

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i think this is, a very common fear in children. every child has a favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy they find comfort in, if your son is very young i would allow this comforting object to go with im into the office...if he is an older child, i would talk to your pediatrician or family doctor about maybe setting up an appointment to talk one on one with the doc and explain why these things are so important to keep him healthy!
i hope he gets over these fears soon! I had my first baby 7 months ago and as a child i needed to get a tetanus shot after being poked by a pitchfork, i was so scared of the needle i kept squirming, so the doc told my dad to hold me down! from then up until when i was pregnant i always got sweaty palms, teary eyes and complete fear installed into my brain when shots were brought up, i might ask him if he has seen a scary movie, had a nightmare or anything else that may have pushed this fear over the rational scale and over to extensive terror of something he will have to deal with for the rest of his life!
i will keep you and your son both in my prayers...

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