Freaked out by needles? How to prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine
There are plenty of things you can do to help it go well
⭐️HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW⭐️
- Most kids don’t like getting needles.
- But we know they’re important to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
- There are things you can do to help the process go well.
- Staying positive, having a distraction and planning for a reward are just some of the things that help.
- Keep reading for more tips. ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️
Put your hand up if you like getting needles!
Chances are, no one put their hand up.
You may have heard that kids ages five and up can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada.
But, you may also be nervous about it.
After all, the shot will probably hurt a little bit, but only for a few seconds.
Even though it’s perfectly normal to be afraid of needles, there are plenty of things you can do to make the experience more positive.
CBC Kids News spoke with two experts in children’s pain for some tips: Rebecca Pillai Riddell, from York University in Toronto, Ontario, and Christine Chambers from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Here’s a summary of their advice.
Things you can do before the shot
- Ask questions: Talk to the adults in your life, the pharmacist, or doctor so you know what to expect.
- Plan to bring something like a tablet, phone, book, toy or stuffed animal.
- Apply a cream: You can get a numbing cream that you put on your arm 30-60 minutes before.
- Stay positive: Don’t tell yourself it won’t go well.
Things you can do during the shot
- Find a distraction: Watch a video, play a video game, read a book, talk to your adult.
- Bring someone with you to comfort you.
- Relax your body: Take deep breaths, hold someone’s hand.
- Keep up the positive thoughts.
- Remember, it’s OK to cry.
Things you can do after
- Gently massage or rub the spot where you got the shot.
- Ask your adult for a reward, like a treat or a special activity.
- Be proud! You’re part of the solution to keep people safe from COVID-19.
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