Calming the child who fears shots
Shots. There are presumably few words that can conjure up such tears from a child as this. Regardless of how beneficial getting a shot may be, it doesn’t help in soothing a child’s fear of that uncomfortable prick. The next time you have to take a visit to the doctor’s office, here are a few tips to keep in mind to help dry those tears.
- Keep calm. Your child feeds off of your energy, so if you’re unnerved, they likely will be as well.
- Avoid the lines. Nothing heightens emotion like anticipation. Try to schedule vaccines somewhere you know will not have an excessive line.
- Sing songs together. Nothing helps to distract like a fun sing-a-long.
- Offer a fun reward. Give your child a goal and something to look forward to after the less-than-exciting visit to the doctor.
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