Getting vaccinated can be daunting for some people, particularly children and young people. They may be anxious, scared or needle phobic.
But what can parents do to help prepare their child for the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination or other injections?
This post provides some tips and techniques for supporting them whilst they are receiving their injection.
Does your child have a needle phobia or is afraid of needles? Helping overcome your child's fear of shots will help make doctor visits a much more positive experience for both of you.
Negative experiences that many kids may have early on can actually lead to long-term health issues. So more importantly, you may increase the odds that your child will seek appropriate medical care for years to come.
Injections may sting for a few seconds, but as we have seen lately with the Covid vaccine or flu shot they play an important role in preventing and managing a wide variety of serious health conditions.
As a parent, you can help your child to feel more comfortable getting a shot at the doctor’s or pediatrician's office. Try these tips to help your child overcome their fear of shots.
How to Help a Child Who’s Afraid of Shots
There are many things you can do if your child is anxious or scared. Research shows that these techniques can help reduce anxiety and make the injection less painful.
It also helps to explain to your doctor or healthcare provider know beforehand, so they can be prepared. Doctors and nurses will have their own strategies for dealing with patients who have needle phobias. They've spent a lifetime giving injections, so they will know every trick in the book.