Needles make both kids and adults panic. Learn some smart tricks to ease the anxiety and make injections less painful.
Nidhi was frightened when her mom took her to the doctor's clinic to take an anti tetanus shot. "It hurts, I will not take any injection," she cried. Her family doctor tried to make her calm and came forward with the injection in his hand. He grasped Nidhi's hand and wiped the spot on the arm with a cotton ball dipped in the spirit. He slowly inserted the syringe in her arm. He kept on asking her questions about her school and studies meanwhile. Nidhi did not realise when she had her shot. She stepped out of the clinic in a happy mood munching a chocolate given by her doctor.
Every child is scared of needles. Is there any way to make shorts hurt less? Well you can try several tricks to ease the pain of an injection. We found out some smart ones just for you.
Make your child visualise
It is common. Children tend to panic after seeing needles. They know that the needle is going to poke them deep inside the skin. Helping your child distract herself will surely help to make shots less painful. Most of the time doctors get into conversation with children while vaccinating which helps distract them. You as a parent can do a lot to make shots hurt less.
Hold your child's hand and be by her side while she is receiving her shot. Talk to her about something that she likes such as craft project she did in school, a book, her birthday party you are going to plan, a school trip she is going to visit and so on. Ask her to imagine about whom she is going to invite on her birthday? What dress she will wear to her school trip? Try to distract your child's mind and within a blink she will be done with the shot.
Promise your child a treat
Promise your child a little treat. Promise them that you will take her to watch a latest animated movie on the weekend or you will buy her a new dress. Your child may wait for the day to take injection so she can relish her treat as soon as possible. But make sure that you tell your child on previous night that she is going to get a shot next day. Avoid telling her about it days before. You may also surprise her with a cup of ice cream of her favorite flavor or a chocolate after she takes her shot. Next time onwards she will not be afraid to take her shots.
Take along a cuddle toy
Does your child sleep with a cuddle toy is her arms? Carry a soft toy with you to the doctor's dispensary when your child is supposed to get a shot. Let your child engage playing with her teddy. You can also carry a picture book, a ball, a doll or a hand video game. It will distract your child's attention and make her shot less painful. If your child is too much panicky while getting shots, ask your doctors to give her some anesthetic such as soothing gel or spray.
Be honest to your child. Explain her that how it will feel while getting a shot. Tell her that there will be pain. Explain your child why she is going to take an injection? How taking injection will benefit her? Your child may ask you questions like for how long the shot will last. How much painful it will be? Why I need to take the shot? What will happen if I will not take the shot? Why does it pain? Answer the questions appropriately without any exaggeration.
Tricks to make shots less painful
Not only children but even many adults feel scared while taking an injection. We need vaccination to prevent diseases. Following are some tips to make shots less painful.
- Deep breath. Inhale, hold the breath for ten counts and exhale. Do this for several times before taking a shot.
- Relax. Do not tighten your muscles or clutch your fist. Relax your muscles and the shot will be less painful.
- Do not look at the needle. Look at the opposite direction or close your eyes.
- Ask a friend to pinch you on another arm or on cheek. You will not feel the injection.
- Carry a MP3 player with you. Music will make the shot less painful.
- Avoid thinking about the shot before getting it. Think about something else.
- Constantly thinking that, 'I am going to get an injection' will make you feel more fearful. Instead say, 'it will not hurt.'
Next time when you take your child to doctor you will know some smart tricks to make him take the vaccine without getting it on your nerves. Your child might not realise when he is done with the shot. Good Luck!
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