A doting father has gone viral after calming his 4-year-old daughter before her jabs by pretending to receive them himself and having blood drawn to show her it’s okay.
Courtney Smith wanted to make sure his daughter, Codi J, was okay as he sat with her on his lap while she nervously looked around the nurse’s room.
She had been worried about her shots all morning, the family said, but with her dad first receiving the antiseptic wipe, he assertively declared to his daughter, “This ain’t nothing!” His approach immediately brightened Codi J’s mood, and having told her to look the other way for a few seconds, Courtney then pretended to receive the jab himself, letting out a high pitched, “Ooooooo.”
Then, Codi J – tensed up but still giggling at her dad’s response – mimicked her father’s “Ooooooo” and successfully receiving the injection.
She also watched on as Courtney let the doctor draw his blood so Codi could see the process and know it wouldn’t hurt when it was her turn.
The loving moment was captured on camera by Codi J’s mother, Tana, at a Daughters of Charity Center, in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 31.