Monday, September 26, 2005

Pain

Baby was booked in for her six-week immunisation jabs this morning (diptheria, tetanus, acellular pertusiss, polio, Hep B, haemophilus influenzae type B and meningococal B). Initially I was content to take her to the medical centre myself, but the boy wanted to offer support - and just as well, too.

Held lovingly but firmly by her dad, she had two jabs in one thigh and a jab in the other - each time, Baby wailed with pain. Each time I heard her cry, my eyes burned with sympathy tears. Perhaps this is what motherhood does to you, making you feel someone else's pain. Actually, I was impressed by how well she took it; mere seconds after each injection, Baby stopped crying as though she'd forgotten all about it (though in truth she was probably succumbing to sensory overload).

The poor mite slept poorly until about half an hour ago - about five hours after her ordeal. After she spat out most of her Pamol (Paracetamol for babies) we made an unspoken decision to abandon our sleep training temporarily, and took turns cuddling her to sleep.

5 comments:

happyandblue2 said...

It's hard to watch a baby or child suffer. Even if it's something that's made to help them..

Rainypete said...

I'm constantly amazed by my kids. They are far more resilient that we give them credit for. Poosibly more so than we ourselves stirve to be.

darth said...

i remember that so well with darth jr...the shots, even the tiny pinprick blood testing thing were so painful to watch..

i guess you never really get over the feeling their pain thing..although, i have no sympathy for his braces pain-braces today are completely different from when i was a kid :lol:

glomgold said...

Paracetamol? What's that? Is it something we adults should be taking too?

Violet said...

Paracetamol is a painkiller, the only one which is safe for pregnant women actually.