if he doesnt like needles - i wouldnt bother. my dh cant stand needles, and i dont mind them, so reckoned ds would be much calmer if i held him than dh - and he was. Cried for about 10 seconds then was fine and smiled at the hv on the way out.
if you dont like needles though, the opposite would work too.
Personally, I don't want anyone to do them but me. It hurts and they need comfort afterwards. I want to be there to do that for them.
Took my DS2 for his pre-school jabs last week and someone's granny had taken them. The little girl came out crying clutching her arm. The granny was laughing her head off, saying 'what are you crying for?' and obviously playing to the crowd. Stupid cow.
DH volunteered to do the second lot with DS (now 7) He never volunteered again, either with DS or DD - wonder why? TBH it's never been a major problem for me as the nurses at my practice seem to be brialliant at doing them and the kids hardly seem to notice - even pre-school boosters when they knew what was happening.
DH did have to take PFB DD - who screamed the place down and continues to scream and sob for 30 mins after. I took DD2 who cried for 5 seconds as the needle went in. Not sure if its the parent or child that caused the extemes of reaction.
With ds1 (pfb) I did the first round w. my mum for moral support. Needle went in, pfb started crying, my mum burst into tears!
Dh got to do the rest of his vaccines, whilst I waited at home wringing my hands and nursing phantom pains in my legs.
W. ds2 (nsc) we were expecting him to need major surgery by the time vaccinations came round. Compared to that, I had no problems about taking him for an injection. ~Now that that has turned out to be a false alarm I am back to being a wuss again.
If he's phobic I'd be merciful and hold her yourself. I have needlephobia and we agreed that dh would do the holding of our pfb because I didn't want my fear rubbing off on him. I still went in though - couldn't bear to stay outside either! Daft really, when they forget it in 30 seconds.