Shots for school? How to calm a child’s fears
Many parents know that a needle is in their kid’s future — either shots or a blood draw. And kids know it, too.
The mere mention of a needle or, in some cases, simply walking into a doctor’s office, incites panic. This typically involves screaming, kicking, crying and hyperventilating while a nurse or doctor struggles to keep the child still. But, this doesn’t have to be the case.
As schools start to reopen, children fill pediatricians’ offices for last-minute shots and physicals, leaving loads of parents again faced with the dilemma of how to manage the child’s terror.
Read Dr. Ty’s dos and don’ts for helping a child with a fear of needles on today.com.