Home > Parenting > Child Updated 04 March 2014 Take the sting out of injections Kids don't like injections any more than adults do. But sometimes we just don't have a choice. Here's how to make injections less scary for your child. 0 iStock Related SA reverses mortality trend in under 5s National ADHD Day Vaccine misconceptions can prove deadly ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » 10 interesting Down syndrome facts Autistic savant 'reads minds' The following tips may be useful for parents of children who need to have injections of any kind: - Explain ahead of time that the shot will sting a little, but that it will help a lot more. - Consider telling your child exactly what to expect and why he should, for example, keep his arm still. You can use a teddy or doll to mimic the experience at home before you visit the doctor. - Reassure your child that you’ll remain with him while he gets his injection or his blood drawn. Hold his hand, give him a hug or let him sit on your lap while getting the shot (if possible). - Let the nurse or doctor know ahead of time that the child is afraid of shots. Ask them to consider using a local anaesthetic. - Take the child’s mind off the shot by bringing along a favourite toy or book. - Encourage your little one to count, talk, sing a song with you, or distract him with a picture on the wall. He should know, however, that it’s okay to cry if he wants to. - Let the child wear earphones and listen to his favourite song.- Try not to look upset or concerned. - Encourage your child to breathe deeply and relax. - Encouraging the child to cough as the needle enters the skin may also help to reduce pain. - Have something fun planned for after the appointment. Hayden Horner More in Parenting What to do if your child is being 'cyberbullied' More: ParentingChild advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.