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How can I make the experience of getting shots less traumatizing for my son?

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Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Rub

Have the nurse vigorously rub the skin for a full minute before the injection.
It worked for me!

In brief: Rub

Have the nurse vigorously rub the skin for a full minute before the injection.
It worked for me!
Dr. David Sherer
Dr. David Sherer
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In brief: Soothe and prepare

For babies, it may help to feed him while he's getting the injections if your doctor's office allows -- breastfeeding or a bottle with sugar water have been shown to decrease the apparent experience of pain.
For older children, never threaten to have the doctor give him a shot if he doesn't behave. Do prepare him in advance and never lie or trick him into behaving by promising no shots.

In brief: Soothe and prepare

For babies, it may help to feed him while he's getting the injections if your doctor's office allows -- breastfeeding or a bottle with sugar water have been shown to decrease the apparent experience of pain.
For older children, never threaten to have the doctor give him a shot if he doesn't behave. Do prepare him in advance and never lie or trick him into behaving by promising no shots.
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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