Never really a fun outing…especially not for a 2 year old. Two year olds are that interesting age where rationalization does not really work and yet they seem to catch everything and understand everything…
Nish was pretty unwell last week…a bad throat and fever and some allergic reaction causing a bronchospasm. in simple terms, he was coughing away, especially at night…a dry strained sounding cough. Which meant no sleep of course! He was also choking on some foods and throwing up.
So, a trip to the hospital was in order…we wanted to rule out any foreign bodies and my pediatrician also suggested nebulization. So no pokes really but Nish tends to get scared so I had to figure out how to make the process as painless and fun as possible…for him and me!
It did turn out to be quite a peaceful trip…Here are a few things I did which may have helped:
1. I got him excited about the fact that we were going to visit the hospital that my mom (his grandma) worked in
2. We talked about the different instruments we were familiar with – stethoscope, tongue depressor, bp apparatus, syringes. The twins have a doctor’s set that they play with.
3. I told him what the doctor was most likely going to ask him to do..and we did a mock medical exam…So i used a torch to look at his throat, asked him to say Aaaa, peered into his nose and ears and auscultated his chest while asking him to take deep breaths. Then i let him try it on me (which he did very seriously)
4. I carried some of his favorite things with me – a little digger truck, a pad with some crayons in a ziploc, one of his board books and a small dinky car (red beetle).
5. Once we got to the waiting area, we played “i spy with my little eye” which kept him occupied and in a good mood.
6. I saw a small play area and i promised him we would stop there after the doctor aws done with us
7. Before the nebulization we talked about an older neighbor who also uses a nebulizer. the boys have seen this and are familiar with what a nebulizer is
8. Finally I also told him this would make him feel better.
9. While he was on the nebulizer, i told him a story to keep him focussed and to stop him from pulling the mask off.