Handling child who is afraid of injections

Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Handling child who is afraid of injections

Many children are afraid of injections, sometimes adults too.

This is how you can help your child if (s)he is afraid of injections:

The fear of injections is seen in both children and adults. Infants don't have fear of injections. But a child who is 4 or 5 years old, is scared of injection because he/she understands that injections cause pain.

Tell the truth: Be honest with your child. Do not lie to your child ever that injection is not going to hurt because it actually does and when they experience it they will lose trust on you. Try explaining to them the importance and benefits of injections and vaccinations. Explain it to them that it's for a safety purpose. Tell them it's going to hurt but just for a few seconds.


Don’t give them too much time to ponder: A child might get anxious and terrified if you tell them a lot beforehand. Do not share more details about the visit. You can tell your child just before you are about to leave for the visitor if your child needs some preparation time, tell accordingly.


Using distraction and anaesthetic cream: Numbing/anaesthetic cream can be used to ease their pain. While the doctor gives the injection, hold your child’s hand, make some funny faces, tell jokes, sing a song, etc. In short, distract them from pain.


Leave them alone with the hospital staff if required: Sometimes when children are around their parents, they throw tantrums. The moment you leave the room, they behave properly. So leave your child with the hospital’s staff, if need be.


Ensure immediate relief: Rub the injection site gently after injection. Use cold compressor apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth.

A small reward won’t harm: You can reward your child with a sticker, candy, his/her favourite ice-cream, bravery card or anything creative or innovative thing you can think of. Do not bribe them by saying, “You can have a treat if you get this vaccination”. Instead, you can say, “We can get a treat when your vaccination is done.”

In rare cases, some children can get a syncope attack. In a syncope attack, there is a temporary loss of consciousness usually because of reduced blood flow to the brain. So the doctor always makes such a child sit or lay down on the bed before giving the injection. Make sure the child is fed properly before seeing the doctor.

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