Shots are painful | is there an alternative to the needle or ways to make it less painful?
All children dread injections and some parents look at it as an ordeal. Everyone knows the pain is minor but the fear is huge, and its the fear that can take up lots of time and energy. Unfortunately prick of the needle is the way to go for most shots. There are some methods of dealing with this though the ideas are not appropriate for kids of all ages. For example with infants, cuddling and bringing along a favorite toy or pacifier has a calming effect. With an older child reassurance usually works along with some form of distraction helps. Squeezing your child's hands when the shot is being given.
Verbally explaining to them that the pain is from the sting of the shot and that it lasts for some seconds only and using encouraging words can make the task a whole lot easier. Usually doctors offer a candy, a fancy band aid or stickers after the 'task'. It all depends on what works, based on your child's temperament. It is very important that the parent stays calm and not appear anxious - parent's anxiety transfers easily to the child. Once the shot has been given appropriate praise and comfort should be given and parents can go a step further and reward the younger kids especially, with a trip to the playground, perhaps.