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Tips for Helping Kids Overcome Their Fear of Needles

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that
children receive

dozens of vaccinations between birth and 18 years of age
. With so many shots needed during early childhood, it’s no wonder many
kids are afraid to go to the doctor. But helping your kids overcome their
fear of needles and shots is important. Not only will it make getting shots
easier for them; it will also help them build resilience, teach them about
the need for preventive medicine and

vaccines
, and ensure they don’t avoid critical health care as they grow older. Are
you looking to help your little one move past their fear? Here are five
tips to get you started:

1. Age-appropriate communication

Young children don’t need to know that they’ll receive a shot before
they’re in the doctor’s office. It’s alright not to share an upcoming visit
with them until a day or two before (more than that may allow anxiety to
build), and you can be vague about the possibility of a shot. If you’re
asked directly, be honest with your child. If they’re old enough to
understand, you can explain that the shot may hurt for a few seconds, but
will also help them stay healthy and avoid the discomfort and misery of
being sick.

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2. Pretend and practice

Many kids have a toy doctor’s kit that parents can use to demonstrate how
getting a shot works so their child becomes comfortable with the equipment
in a doctor’s office. Practicing getting a shot can help ease the fear of
the unknown and make your child more confident when the actual time comes.

3. Stay relaxed and cheerful

Being positive and relaxed helps children feel the same way. No matter how
chaotic the scene is in the doctor’s office, smiling will help them feel as
at-ease as possible for their shot.

4. Distract your child

There’s nothing wrong with using distraction to help your child get through
a shot. Playing a game, watching a show on your phone, or looking at a book
can keep their focus off of the shot itself. You can also give your child
something to look forward to afterwards, such as a special treat or a fun
activity when they get home.

5. Numb the pain

If your child is truly afraid of (or extra sensitive to) the pain of a
needle, you can use ice to help numb the injection area before the
vaccination. There are also topical numbing creams that can be applied
before the appointment to ease the pain.

When the shot is over, praise your child for facing their fear of needles
head-on. Positive reinforcement can help make each shot a little less scary
until they fully overcome their fear.

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PODCAST: on the Story With Trishna Begam: the Perfect Pitch

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Episode 35: The Perfect Pitch

Releasing episode 35 a little early on a Monday because on Wednesday, December 1st, (2021) evening Trishna Begam will be at Revolution Hall, in Troy to emcee Perfect Pitch, a “Shark Tank’ style event. In this episode Erin Napoleone chats with us about the purpose of this event, the $10,000 grant that’s on the line, and the issue that’s getting attention this year — affordable childcare.


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For Event Details, Finalists and Tickets visit: https://www.unitedwaygcr.org/perfectpitch

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PODCAST: on the Story With Trishna Begam: Forest Park Cemetery

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Episode 32: Forest Park Cemetery

Lydia Kulbida discusses her special report on Forest Park Cemetery, why the cemetery is open to the public one day a year, and where its scary reputation originated from online.

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