When a child weeps as he hears the word “shot,” you, as a nurse, will probably have a hard time in calming the patient. But this little boy thinks he’s big and brave enough before the needle.
In the video, the kiddo is being instructed by his dad, “You’re a big boy… big boy. Be a man.” And while his dad is being so supportive, the boy gets three shots two in his right arm and the third in his left. He seems to enjoy the first shot with a smile. The next shot somehow gives him a hint on what was actually happening. The last shot turns himself from a “man” back to a “little boy” when tears suddenly start forming.
But the brave boy struggles as his dad prompts, “I’m a man, say it, ‘I’m a man!’.” And the kid takes a few seconds, collects himself and loudly grunts while knocking his chest, “I’m a MAN!”
Acquiring needle vaccinations greatly protect kids against various illnesses, but they sure do hurt. Fortunately, parents and even the medical team have an active role in changing the child’s attitude. What his mother or father says and does before, during, and after the doctor’s appointment can help to calm a child, reduce his fears, and ensure that she develops a healthy attitude toward seeing the pediatrician.
You think this kid and his dad did an amazing job?