Our First Immunisations Experience

    Last Friday I took Ethan for his first-ever immunisations. I knew it wouldn't be pleasant and I tried to prepare us as best I could. On the advice of others I took a long a small bottle of milk for Ethan to have as soon as his needles had finished and I looked away so that my fear and worry didn't pass on to him whilst I held him. But it really didn't matter what I did. It was extremely traumatic for us both.

    To start with the nurse we had the unfortunate luck of getting was just awful. She had no people-skills whatsoever and she sounded like she literally could have just been reading from a rather unfriendly script. I tried to crack a joke and got nothing, not even a smile. So that didn't help. When the needles came, Ethan screamed. It wasn't the loudness of his scream that upset me, it was the fact that I'd never heard him scream the way he did then ever before. I've heard that babies can't produce tears for a while when they're first born {I'm not sure up until what age} but he had tears, and they broke my heart. 

  After what felt like a lifetime I finally managed to calm him down {that was after the nurse told me 'We are done.', as if to say 'Leave now.' during mid scream from a very upset Ethan}. It was then that I noticed the blood. Ethan's blood on my top, lots more on his leg and the bottom half of his clothing. The nurse assured me it was normal, though I believe it probably could have been prevented as only one of his legs bled. So I wasn't impressed.

  Honestly, I could go on about how awful the nurse was, she refused to answer any of my questions that didn't relate to his immunisations stating 'I can't confirm that, however I can confirm that it wont be effecting his immunisations today.' {Errr ok then!}. I later found out that she forgot to put my date of birth on bloods she took from me {to check my iron levels} and so the lab refused to test one set of my bloods. Which means I will now need to have another blood test..  It's safe to say that I will be requesting a different Nurse for our next set of immunisations. 

   After his immunisations Ethan was very drowsy for the rest of the day and slept longer than a newborn baby. I felt bad for him, because I wasn't sure if he felt unwell. He would wake for his bottles but instead of crying for them like he usually does he'd just whimper and only have around 3/4's of what he usually drinks. But I'm happy to report that this only lasted for that day/night and the very next day Ethan was back to his normal cheeky self! :)

   It sounds dramatic but actually at the time I think I would have rather given birth again then make him have those needles, and.. we have more to come... :| LOL. I can't imagine what I'm going to be like when he's older and falls over etc. But hey - I can't help it, he's my little baby! 

   I'd love to know what your immunisation experiences have been like?

Alex xo

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  1. Aww Alex that sounds like a right bitch!!! I hate people like that - clearly she can see you're a first time mum with a tiny baby and you're both experiencing this for the first time! Ok so you're just one of many patients during her day but come on - people skills?!! Have a bit of compassion!??

    You should report her - for her incompetence with your bloods, her attitude and the sodding blood stains everywhere! I've never heard of babies ending up bleeding so much after needles...I think it sounds like she wasn't careful enough. Horrible woman!

    I complained against the nurse who took my bloods last time coz she had no people skills at all - basically shouted at me to "Move Over!" because she was too fat to fit in between the side of the chair and the wall. Erm?! Not my fault...I didn't put the chair there!!! Cow.

    Anyway - rant over!

    Tyne has his next needles next week, I'm already dreading them! Though we were lucky and he just had a big sleep afterwards and then seemed fine.
    I've heard of babies being grouchy for days on end afterwards so seems we both got off quite lightly hehe!

    Sparkles &



  2. Oh you poor thing :-( this sounds awful, honestly as a soon to be qualified Nurse I just don't know why some people go into the profession?! Poor Ethan. Hope he's ok and the next lot of jabs are better. Alfie has just had his year jabs (3!!!!) and it wasn't too bad. I'm a new follower :-)

    Hels XX


  3. Oh Alex! I'm sorry hear that you've both had such an awful experience! My youngest has her one year immunisations tomorrow and I can't say I'm looking forward to taking her, mostly because wilfully causing her pain is just a horrible thought.

    That aside, neither of my girls have ever been sent away bleeding after their immunisations, that's just disgraceful! In fact I think in comparison we've been really lucky with the nurses we've had. Usually they have talked through which immunisations we're there for, asked us a few questions then talked through what they need to do and the best way to hold the baby in order to minimise their discomfort and get it all over with quickly. At her last injections Wiggles did have a little spot of blood but the nurse asked me to push a cotton wool ball against it whilst she finished recording details in our book. She wouldn't let us go until she'd checked it to make sure it had stopped.

    I definitely think you should complain! Even if you do it anonymously by letter, you might save someone else going through the same thing. It sounds to me like the nurse you had to deal with might be better placed working in a different field! Glad to hear Ethan's ok now though :)

    Kate x
    Just Pirouette and Carry On...

  4. What an awful nurse! That's so strange how unhelpful she was - she's a NURSE for crying out loud! Poor little Ethan. Immunisations usually make babies feel a little ill afterwards, so don't worry too much about that. If you are concerned, I'd phone your health visitor. I'd like to say jags get better but they still scream :( However, when they are a bit older distraction techniques work SO much better (a cheeky wee milky button helped when my one year old got his jags). Xo

  5. What an awful nurse! I'm a student nurse and it's safe to say me and most other nurses take pride in trying to make situations and experiences that are not nise a little easier for people! You should defo report her! My little man had some the other week and they are so awful he didn't bother at all really with them though that day when we got home, luckily! I have to say though it's easier to take a baby, i took my 3 year old as well a month or so back and it was awful, he had to have one in each arm. He was so happy going to see he nurse chatting to her, i tried to explain before but i felt like when he had the first one I'd some how betrayed his innocence he had when going in lol! We virtually had to pin him down for the second one! xx

  6. That nurse sounds awful! Poor Ethan and poor you :( I'm really not looking forward to taking Oscar for his first immunisations in 6 weeks. We had to take him to the doctors a couple of days ago because his eye was leaking quite a lot and going all yellow and gungey in the corner. The doctor we saw was lacking any personality or compassion for him and couldn't wait to get us back out of the door. xx

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