Method 3: Decreasing pain in children
1- Distract children after the injection to help them feel less pain and anxiety.
Children can be agitated or exaggerate the pain they feel when taking an injection, so try to get them to focus on other things. Play with your favorite toy, read a book or watch a video on your phone or tablet. When the injection is over, offer a reward, such as a patch or candy for good behavior.
- Ask the child not to move at the time of the injection, as this makes it difficult for those who are going to give it.
2- Give the child plenty of fluids and do not cover the skin.
The two easiest ways to reduce pain after a child has an injection is to give plenty of fluids and keep them quiet. Give them a glass of water after the injection and encourage them to drink. After two or three hours, ask her to drink another glass or two. Do not cover the area where the child was given the injection or press on it.
- Give her one to three glasses of water to keep her hydrated. If the child wants, you can even take more!
Tip: exchange one of the glasses of water for the juice to offer as a reward. Other fluids also help your child stay hydrated, as long as they have a low sugar and salt content. Read more tips on the next page.