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This won't hurt a bit

2012-10-29 15:46:15.796439+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

When The Doctor Says This Won’t Hurt A Bit — And Incredibly, It’s True.

But what happens is, I always wonder, where does the notion of competence come in? In other words, we are strangers. I’m coming into a room, you don’t know how competent I am, and I’m going to do something to your child. And I think some of the granting of competence is the change in your child’s emotional state…

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-11-01 18:26:15.722787+00 by: m

Having been on both sides, I have found that being truthful is always best with children. Telling them something won't hurt, which many mothers, nurses and doctors do is a disaster.

And sometimes you just have to overrule their emotional freakout and mummify them. Actually I had to do that with a couple of adults as well.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-11-01 23:38:56.513059+00 by: Dan Lyke

I've found that "overrule their emotional freakout and mummify them" applies more to adults than kids.

I think there's a lot, though, in the framing, and a lot of that involves approaching children way differently that most adults do. Which is why I thought the details noted were worth passing along.