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“What should I do if my child is afraid of an injection?” What should I do when my child is resistant to injections?
Most children that are afraid of injections, are caused by adults. Here’s the 4 things that parents should not tell the children.
It’s very quick; It’s not painful
This trick work for once but after the first injection, the child will resist the next time as the child felt like being “cheated”.
Threaten the child with injection
This will make the child feel that injection is a punishment. The child is confuse/refuse to take injections when they are not doing anything wrong.
Adult looks more nervous than the child
The logic is simple, when the parents is anxious, the child will be more anxious.
No reverse phycology method
You should not tell your child, “you are grown up” “you are not a baby” “you are brave” “just take the shot”.
If you think such statement will encourage your child, then you are wrong! Your child will ignore and will not be “brave” even you tell them million times because this will make your child more fearful and nervous.
Here 3 steps to help your child overcome the fear of injection
Step 1: Advance Notice
Most parents are afraid letting their child know that they are going for an injection, but if parents-child can communicate well beforehand e.g. the benefits of taking a shot, the feeling of injection, can greatly help the child overcome their fear and reduce the anxiety.
Tips (1): Injection is to protect your body, and strong as superheros, so you won’t get sick. You don’t like to get sick, right? You can’t go out to play if you are sick, right??
Tips (2): Mommy had an injection before, and mommy felt that it was a little bit uncomfortable, but the doctor and the nurse was very good, and it got well after a little rest.
Tips (3): Parents should use “child’s language” to help your child understand that injection is for the good of themselves.
Step 2: Accompany your child
Unfamiliar environments can make children extremely anxious and insecure. Therefore, when accompanying your child, be patient and don’t be too “eager” or “silent”; instead you can ask your child to pick a favorite toy or doll to transfer his/her attention.
Step 3: Courage
Most of the fear in our life comes from not knowing, understanding or being familiar. We must appropriately reward the child as a positive encouragement, when the child overcome one thing, even the “process” is not smooth or satisfied. This is the best “nutrient” for your child’s courage.