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For those with kids that administer their own shots

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by lcblk27, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. Schpoodle's Dad

    Schpoodle's Dad Approved members

    Nov 6, 2007
    Lacy - our daughter was 4 when she gave herself her first shot and it was by accident. She needed a shot and we were teaching a new babysitter when our daughter picked up the pen, put on the needle, primed it and gave herself a shot in the stomach. We followed along with her and she did everything correctly so we didn't stop her.

    After that, she wanted to do them all the time. We helped her set the doses until she never made any mistakes and then we let her do it on her own. She injected in her tummy for the longest time but now can do both arms and sometimes even her butt. She's now ten and has been doing it herself for at least the last three years.

    We are very fortunate in that she has expressed an interest in doing her own shots and testing and we never force her. She was ready to do it at a young age, but that doesn't mean other kids are ready, nor should they be forced to do it. We were supportive of her and she surprised us with how much control she wanted to have. We are working with her on calculating her own doses and she is coming along nicely, but we will not be ready to give her complete control for a while. Again, she WANTS to do this, and we are not forcing her.

    Different kids will be ready at different times, and we've found that being supportive has worked the best for us.
  2. wilf

    wilf Approved members

    Aug 27, 2007
    This is the key - as so often in parenting, it is about carefully considering what your child is ready for and supporting them as they make the next step. :cwds:
  3. lcblk27

    lcblk27 Approved members

    Sep 27, 2011
    That's great that your daughter decided she wanted to start her own shots so early! She sounds a lot like my 4 year old (non D) daughter, she wants to help check her big brother's blood sugar and do his shots, lol.

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