So yesterday was Aubrey’s 18 month birthday. With that, came her 18 month well child appointment. We discussed her growth and development (she is one tall little girl!) and doctor was very happy with her.
Then came the dreaded time for shots. Now we’ve already learned Tylenol before it comes time to leave for the Pediatrics office. But something stopped me dead in my tracks this appointment time. “Her arms might be a little sore once we’re done” Uh Wait. WHAT? A dTap and Hepatitis vaccination in my 18 month’s ARMS?
As we waited, I quickly tweeted out,
Isn’t 18 mths a little young to get shots in arms? Waiting on nurse and told it will be in her arms
I was quickly getting my answer. I wasn’t alone in my thinking that the nurse was NUTS. I heard of up to eleven year old children still getting shots in their legs. Those little arms are SCRAWNY. I know I whine when I get a shot in my arm, how would I let you do that to my little girl? No. Especially as TWO nurses walked in (knowing you already plan on my daughter needing held down by more than me and dad? No way in hell!)
I remember shots going right into my back side when I was little. So of course we said, “We’re not sure we’re okay with them going in her arms. She’s a little too young for them there and we know friends children that are four and still getting them in their legs.” Our not so friendly nurse replied with, “Well I guess I can do them in her legs but uh no, a four year old would never not get them in their arms.”
When did healthcare become so impersonal? While this was my first encounter with this nurse, I wasn’t impressed. I’m normally in love with our nurse. She’s very baby-friendly and definitely feels for a little one hurting. Some band-aids were slapped on and off she went.
My question to you- When did your children begin getting shots in their arms? Do I continue to fight them everytime we have to get vaccinations now? Or do I go elsewhere?