Is the child afraid of injections? Dr. Sophia Mirviss gave 12 practical and effective tips for parents of little panties. After all, not to miss the vaccine calendar just because the baby is afraid of injections.
Children's tantrums before going to the doctor - a common thing. Uncles and aunts in white coats - one of the most terrible children's fears. After all, even we adults, too, sometimes shake our knees before going to the doctor. What to say about painful procedures - for example, injections. The fact that the child is afraid to make injections is quite natural. No one likes discomfort! Therefore, it is better to form the attitude of the child to such procedures as early as possible. Otherwise, he will be completely afraid of the doctor and his parents will have to think what to do if the child is afraid of the doctor.
So, if the child is afraid of injections, take on board 12 useful tips!
1. Calm attitude starts with parents.
If you yourself are tense or worried that a child may experience negative emotions, this condition is transmitted to the baby.A visit to the doctor should be the same as going to the grocery store or the post office.
2. Do not lie
Of course, I really want to come up with something to calm the child in front of the doctor’s office or to say that “it will not hurt.” However, a lie causes distrust, which makes future visits to the doctor worse. It is better to be honest and emphasize that a visit to the doctor is a normal part of growing up.
3. Explain why injections are very important.
Sometimes children are very upset because they do not understand why injections are needed. Of course, parents will have to adapt this explanation to the age of their child. Explain that shots make a child healthy and strong — for example, like eating vegetables and brushing teeth. This can help when visiting a doctor.
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4. Practice before visiting a doctor
Role playing, the experience of getting the injection "make-believe" is a great way to demonstrate what will happen in the doctor's office. With the help of pricks for a teddy bear or another toy, you can show how everything happens. You can bring the same toy with you to the procedure so that the child can hold it, or the doctor can demonstrate the manipulation on it.
5. Honestly tell what will happen
Yes, injections can be painful, but you know that the pain will last only for a few seconds. It is perfectly normal to admit to the child that it is a little painful to do the injections, but reassure him that the pain will not last long and you can keep the child on your lap or hands.
6. Talk with your doctor about scheduling injections.
Ask the doctor if possible to build a scheme of injections so that minimize trips to the doctor.
7. Ask about anesthetic creams.
Most doctors do not consider this necessary because the pain from the injection is short-term. But if your child is very upset about the injection, this cream can be applied to reduce the sensitivity of the injection site. Knowing that a “special” cream used to reduce pain can in itself soothe a child.
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8. If possible, take a brother, sister or other child with you.
The sight of a friendly face in an unfamiliar setting can comfort a child. Older brothers and sisters can reassure younger brothers and sisters, while younger ones can help distract.
9. Distract the child
Anything that can distract your child during the injection can be very helpful. Books, games, stickers, coloring books, music or video on the phone will help to divert attention from the doctor or injection.
10. Praise the child
Encourage and praise the child during a visit to the doctor. Say that you are proud of him, and that he is very brave. This can help alleviate stress, as the child will feel that he has achieved something important.
11. Allow the doctor to calm the baby.
Parents are used to controlling the situation when a child is upset, but it is perfectly normal for the medical staff to help keep calm.
12. Awards work!
A lollipop or other small prize after an injection - it works. Some parents are planning a trip to the park, other fun or walking on the way home.