Your Health: Child afraid of needles? Doctors shot at pain

Posted on January 18th, 2010 by Kelley Luckstein

Am I going to get a shot?" There's a reason so many kids want to know that before they head for a doctors' office, and it's pretty obvious: They don't like shots (or blood draws or anything to do with needles) because they hurt and can be a little scary. Despite those facts, most kids get immunizations and other needle sticks without getting any help with their pain and anxiety, pediatric pain experts say…

 

But "immunization is actually the most common, painful procedure in pediatric practice," says Dustin Wallace, a psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

 

USA Today by Kim Painter, 1/17/2010

Tags: immunizations, needle pain, Psychology and Psychiatry

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