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Suggestions on injections.

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by Pooh's Mom, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Pooh's Mom

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    Apr 4, 2012
    I am a mother of a newly diagnosed 2 1/2 year old and it is getting harder for me to give the injections. When I mean hard I mean she fights me more each day. Sometimes I have her older sister distract or have the tv do the distractions but that doesn't always work. She fights others so it isn't just me. Can anyone recommend something or some way to make it easier? :(
  2. Amy C.

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    Oct 22, 2005
    Just do the shot very quickly and matter of factly. The quicker you can do it the better. It took my 3 year old son 6 weeks to accept shots -- we had to have one person hold him still and the other gave the injection.

    The inject ease device helped us a bunch.
  3. maciasfamily

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    Feb 15, 2012
    I can only say it gets easier! Our toddler was the same way. I literally had to strap him, and lock his arms into the high chair tray where he couldn't move. Either that, or I would hold him facing me, legs on each side of me, then folding his arms in front of him, and holding him tight against me as I either did his leg or arm. I know it sounds and looks traumatic, but it really doesn't hurt them at all.

    It took about 2 wks or so of doing this for him to not fight me any longer. I know it's hard, but I had to be really tough on him. Now he'll just say no mommy, but let me give his shot with no one holding him, and with him not pulling away. He would SCREAM before like I has killing him! :)

    Hang in there. I know it's really hard, but it does get better. Soon she'll let you do it without a fight.
  4. Amy C.

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    Oct 22, 2005
    This is similar to what we did. I would do the holding and my husband the injection.
  5. MamaBear

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    Jul 20, 2010

    I was going to suggest the inject ease as well. We have never tried it but I have seen quite a lot of positive posts about it here.

    My son has a pen for his humalog which he says hurts alot less. We use this pen with the nano needles. It is a reusable pen and we get prescriptions for insulin cartridges that fit inside.

    I'm sorry I cannot offer any tips on how to deal with a little one as my son was older when diagnosed. :( Good luck to you.
  6. StacyMM

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    Oct 22, 2010
    I agree with the others. Be matter of fact and as quick as possible. Bandaids were a huge hit for my DD at that age so maybe you can offer a fun bandaid of her choice for each injection.

    We use the inject ease, too. It's called "the rocket" around here and she has used for every injection for almost 6 years so far. We keep one in her pack but keep spares everywhere - one at school, one upstairs, one's awesome.
  7. VikkiMum

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    Feb 19, 2010
    Ah, I really feel for you. I took a gamble and told my daughter (she was 3 at the time) that if she blew bubbles then it wouldn't hurt. In fact it is less painful having an injection when you blow out instead of holding your breathe in when tense (I tried it last time I had my flu vaccination - the doctor looked at me oddly!). She got to choose the bubbles from the shop and amazingly it worked! I also gave the area a little tickle as that has a slight numbing effect. Apologies if this advice is no good to you - I can understand that if she won't even stay still then this may be of no help, but it might even be something to try later when things calm down. My daughter is now 6 and although it's been a long time since she used bubbles and although she is now on the pump, not injections, she does still blow out when I change her site. She very rarely complains now. You will get through this stage, I promise, wishing you strength
  8. danielsmom

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    Jul 18, 2011
    Hugs to you...its tough enough with my 11 year old...I can only imagine your pain in having to give shots to your toddler....Hopefully sooner rather than later she will adjust to it. Glad the others here can be of help..
  9. Becky Stevens mom

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    Oct 14, 2008
    My son was diagnosed at age 3 and hated the shots at first:( I cant tell you the times I would go in the bathroom and cry after. He would run away crying, tell me that he didnt need insulin anymore or that he wanted his Dad to do the shot ( he was working at the time) I came up with several ideas that really made it so much easier on him. So much so that he got used to it fairly quickly and didnt try to run away anymore.

    One thing that really helped was to take a syringe and break the needle off. This was Steven's syringe to give his stuffed animals and me and Dad and big brother our insulin shots;) I also had the "magic spray" This was a spray bottle with cool water in it. After the shot I would spray the magic spray on the spot and it would make it feel better (yes, probably a placebo but it worked really well) I would also sit with him for a minute and discuss what we were going to be doing that day . This took his mind off while we discussed our plans. After the injection I would thank him, I still do that:cwds:

    Its very important that you dont put off the shot when your daughter gets upset. She must never think that it can be put off indefinitely. And if you can tell her something fun youll be doing, going to the park, to the store to buy some bubble blow, to see her friend, to see Gramma, read a book, after the injection you can hopefully help her to understand that its better to get that done and out of the way so you can get on to fun things after
  10. Mish

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    Aug 20, 2009
    You're not even a month in, right? This is so normal!!!! From her perspective- her mom is now poking her multiple times a day, and she just doesn't get it. During a calm moment, talk about it at her level. But not during the shots.

    I agree with the rest, just do it quickly, hold her down, whatever it takes, but the less discussion, the less bartering, the less talking about it the better. I know that's terrible parenting advice for just about every other situation, but it really is what you have to do at this point. Because there simply is no way in her mind that this is ok. Of course, you know that this is what has to happen, so there really is a huge amount of detachment that you have to conjure up in yourself to just do it.

    Even my 5 year old at dx hated it and took temper tantrums and after a few nights of chasing him around for what seemed like hours I took the advice of some other seasoned parents and literally wrapped myself around him and just did it. Because what choice do we really have? I'm not sure how much actually went in, but the next time it was easier, and easier and easier. And it broke my freaking heart that I broke his spirit. But I don't see that he'd have ever come to the conclusion on his own that this was something he was going to submit to. And like I said, he was 5. A 2 1/2 year old really isn't even capable of that. In a good way, if there is even one, in a few weeks she won't be fighting it and won't even remember it anymore.

    it sucks. there is no way around it. This is the worst though, it DOES get better.
  11. zoomom456

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    Jan 19, 2011
    We did a sticker chart/ reward system with my son. Every time he held still for his shot he put a sticker on his chart. When he had a day that he got 4 stickers, he picked a small prize from the prize bowl. These were cheap little prizes like temp tattoos, bubbles, whistles etc that we picked up from the party favor section at Hobby Lobby. Finally came the week he had 4 stickers for the whole week. We let him pick where to eat dinner. I sat and choked down McD's that evening.

    I will also mention we still had nights that my DH held and I would give the shot. I guess my son finally learned he could get it done and get a prize or he could get held down and have a shot anyway.
  12. Lisa P.

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    May 19, 2008
    Selah was 18 months, my best advice is go really fast but no surprises. Prepare the shot where the kid can't see, then come up fast while she's doing something else, say, "Here's your shot, honey", give the shot fast, and then move on to the next thing.

    One trick we discovered was that there is a fatty area on the back of the arm, if you're able/allowed to give shots there, it makes it easier, because you can grab the arm with one hand and pinch a little skin while you're doing so, then give the shot with the other hand. The hardest thing was trying to hold our daughter still while pinching with one hand and giving the shot, and then if you are giving it in the thigh or toosh that gives the kid a lot of thrashing ability. But you can usually hold one arm still even if the rest of the kid is flailing, and you don't need three hands like you do in other areas. Then once you have a record of being able to give the shots fast you will have an easier time doing it other ways, too.

    Best of luck, it's no fun. Remember that the same way we adults come and go on our tolerance of all the drudgery of diabetes, your baby will too. She'll have times she fights, trying to see if maybe there's some chance that if she just fights hard enough she doesn't have to get the shot, other times she'll figure out it's going to happen anyway and let herself let it go. The best thing you can do is get her closer to that realization with consistency and speed.
  13. cdninct

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    Jul 29, 2011
    I totally agree. That is what worked for us when my son was diagnosed at 2.5. There was no lead-up to the shot, so no time for dramatics, but we never snuck up behind him, either. As others have said, this is totally normal, and it is totally normal for his attitude to fluctuate back and forth too as he comes to terms with the permanence of it all (not to mention the fact that some shots just hurt more than others).

    Just keep at it and be firm, matter of fact, and understanding. She'll get it.
  14. DsMom

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    Nov 9, 2010
    My son was 4 at dx, and we did a sticker chart too. We called it the "Good Shot" chart. A "good shot" was when he came to us when called without a fuss and stood still. We did not require him not to complain, cry, or hate it! We just focused on safety issues. After so many stickers, he got a treat...special time with mommy or daddy, trip to the dollar store..etc.

    Happily, we did not use the chart for very long! We phased it out easily.

    Good luck with whatever you choose. This will pass!:cwds:
  15. Laura Ben

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    Jan 3, 2012
    My little guy was dx'ed just before 3. I remind him "this is what you have to do to stay healthy/take care of yourself. Everyone's body is different, this is what yours needs". Stickers are a big hit for us. The sticker itself, and when the chart is full, he goes to Target to pick a toy. We also sang a song early on to distract. I tried to find silly songs to keep him wanting to hear what was next. Also giving him choices, "time for pokie (his word for injection). Do you want arm, leg or bum?" If he is not choosing, I say "i am going to count to 5 then choose where to do your pokie if you haven't picked" and he always chooses then. Finally, we offer a high five and "good job holding still" after all pokies whether he is happy or crying. Sometimes he cries after and yells "I don't like you mama". I just reassure him that I understand why he is mad, am sorry his pokie hurt this time. It is tough for sure but has gotten better for us!!
  16. cm4kelly

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    Apr 28, 2011
    My son was 2 1/2 too

    My son was 2 1/2 at diagnosis too. We were doing a minimum of 6 shots per day then.

    I tried to use distraction whenever possible - TV, NIntendo DS, etc.
    The longer you do it the quicker you will get. I never made a big production about it, but just slipped in and did it quickly before he could fight it.

    I gave many shots in the back of the arms, so I could get to them easily and quickly before he could argue.

    I think speed will help once you get better at it - but no big lead up or conversation about it. 2 year old don't get it
  17. MommytoCsquared

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    Mar 1, 2012
    Connor was three months from 3 when dx'd. In the hospital we trained with syringes, but after about a week we switched to the Novolog pen, which is the Jr. because it allowed for 1/2 unit delivery. The bigger positive to that was that the needles, Nanos, are super small. My mom can't see it without her bifocals :p

    While still in hospital, I had a tendency to get worked up about the shots myself. One of our nurses told me that I was making him nervous and was making to big of a deal over the shots. She said it is best to just prepare the shot without him aware and just walk up and right before injection let him know, then quickly deliver shot. IT HELPED SO MUCH. My staying calm and treating it like it was just part of our day (because let's face it, it is a normal part of our day now) really helped him handle the shots.

    The other trick I think was influential in helping my son adjust was giving him some control. He HATED shots in the leg, and the tummy was difficult because it could see it going in. I was so concerned with alternating sights as we were told to do, but I hated how much he fought. I knew we couldn't keep it up for long. We started giving him a choice, and he ALWAYS chose the "Elbow" and he would offer up his arm without a fight.

    I think these two tricks offer two important options--1.) we get to shield our kiddos from unnecessary stress; and 2.) they get a choice (I think the choice thing is vital since I feel that diabetes can take many choices from our children.)

    I hope this helps....keep at it; it does become easier.

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