Originally posted by amblessing
Thanks Researchrabbit - maybe that'll do the trick, but he also hates the sight of the blood, so maybe instead of water I could use something red - like cherry kool aid or tomato juice Just a thought
My kid said just the thought of blood made him shakey and made his skin hurt, but he only screamed when he saw the needle.
Whatever it takes to get the process started...
Your son has to be at least a little comfortable with where you start the desensitization process.
If needles are too scary, start with holding sewing pins. Or start with a butterfly needle INSIDE the package and have him hold the package (those butterflys are so small they are less threatening) and when he is ready, HE can open it.
As for the blood...start with tomato juice, ketchup or cherry Koolaid and have him imagine it's blood. start slow and work up and do a little bit every day. You could even put some cherry koolaid inside a blood tube. If he has really good veins, have him look at his own veins and imagine the blood inside. Have him remember a little owie (say a scratch or a papercut) and remember what the blood looked like.
He might have fun experiementing with a blood tube, a butterfly, and a glass of cherry koolaid -- he can see how they work and he can see how quickly the koolaid is sucked into the tube (and if he ruins a dozen butterflys getting used to them, well, it's worth it).
The less mystery to the process, the easier it will be for him.
Use your imagination and have LOTS of patience...he's got time to work it out. Work from where he feels comfortable, take it as slowly as he wants to take it.
It took my kid about a week, but the lady with the dog took months...it's a very individual process.
It might help if there's a reward at the end of it. Or little rewards at the end of the week for doing a little imagining about the process.