There's nothing my son hates more than getting a shot. Is there anything I can do to lessen his fear?
Getting shots can be tough for both parents and kids, but their benefits are worth the effort.
Try taking your son's mind off the shots by bringing a favorite toy or book to the doctor's office. You might have him count, sing a song with you, or look away (maybe at a picture on the wall). You might even let him wear headphones and listen to his favorite song during the shot.
When feasible, try to do something fun after the appointment. A trip to the park or playground can make the overall immunization experience less unpleasant.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: October 2009
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