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Mr 5 screams at the sight of blood- he lets out ear piercing screams that send him into snotty convulsions or vomits. He won’t let me see or touch the slightest of injuries to inspect damage or clean them out. How do I calm him down in those situations? None of our usual techniques seem to work. Also how do I try and get him more comfortable with these situations? Thanks

Posted by thefilingfairies, 25th February 2014

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  • That’s an extreme reaction. Might I suggest some professional help? I’m at a loss as to what else to suggest as he gets so upset

  • If it were me i’d visit the community health centre and ask a nurse if she can say mummy is the nurse at home and this is why she does this it’s to help lol but were in a small town so i don’t think they would do it in the cities

  • Let him know that it is nothing serious and try and introduce him to blood slowly? Has he had a blood test? Can he look at a vile of blood after it’s taken?

  • I heard a great tip a few years ago and have used it since. Get some red or dark face washers/ hand towels and grab those when there is an incident involving blood. The child won’t see the blood as easily and hopefully things can be a little calmer while you deal with the injury.

  • We had special bandaids and a cold pack, but everychild is different…good luck

  • there are some good comments here

  • usually with any cuts, nicks or grazes I’ll hand over my phone that has a folder of games on it once they are distracted get to work on the the band-aid

  • Some adults faint at the sight of blood so understandable children can have issues too. Compress the site to stop the bleeding then apply a funky bandaid, a kiss it better and praise for being a good boy! Maybe role playing with a toy animal or doll.

  • Goodluck with this, I am not sure how I would cope in the same situation as you

  • My Autistic son has big issues with blood too, I use a red flannel and carry one in my bag especially for washing and cuts or grazes, I also use a spray on bandage that dries very quickly and use a special ‘secret weapon’ (skype to nanny, favorite you-tube clip) to divert his attention, its also a good idea to discuss how important blood is and that it is nothing to be scared of while respecting their fear of it.

  • That must be really hard for you. I have a little bottle of Medipulv antiseptic powder for cuts and sores as you can sprinkle or “puff” it onto cuts and grazes without having to touch them – might be worth a try?

  • There is a great show on CBebbies that goes through a lot of medical stuff. It is called Get Well Soon and has Dr Ranj explain a lot of different things you go to the Drs for and it might help to watch this sort of show so that he isn’t scared. Also if you cut yourself maybe ask him to get you a band aid so he can see that it isn’t scary at all.

  • I honestly think he will grow out of it

  • I really hope he grows out of it.

  • poor thing. i would try and address this with books and stories so he does not always get himself worked up.
    good luck

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