Afraid of Shots

Q: “When our son last got vaccinations, he really screamed. Now he’s afraid of getting a shot every time we go to the pediatrician’s office. How can we help him be less afraid?”

A: First, prepare him by telling him what will happen, how it will feel, and discuss strategies for how he can cope with his fears and the pain.

At this age, humor or distraction might help. (Offering a sugar solution at the time of the injection is generally recommended only for babies.)

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