Friday, November 10, 2006

Yes! You are getting a shot

…Who doesn’t love an injection?

…The solemnity, the dread, the cold alcohol, the promised little “pinch” that hurts like a MF.

…A recent study done in Nova Scotia looked at how kids could be jollied into this better.

…Two thousand kids and teens were studied (The Cochrane Library).

…Techniques included cognitive methods such as having a child repeat, “I can do it, I can do it,” to distraction. Hypnosis was tried with older children, but had to be done ahead of time.

…Distraction proved pretty effective. Children listened to a story or music. Even blowing soap bubbles helped with younger kids.

…Other distractions include video games.

….Anesthesiologists could do magic tricks. Really? They can? Darn, didn’t know that.

…Other docs sang to kids as they went to sleep.

…Each time a kid gets a shot, it can make them more fearful for next time.

…It’s a long life, kid, filled with needles.

...Suck it up. It won't hurt a bit.

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