Making Immunizations Child's Play

December 31, 2006

To reduce children’s anxiety aboutblood drawing and immunization,keep a toy bear or doll in the examinationroom and let your young patientsuse a syringe without a needleto give it a “shot.”

To reduce children's anxiety aboutblood drawing and immunization,keep a toy bear or doll in the examinationroom and let your young patientsuse a syringe without a needleto give it a "shot." Alternately, tryoffering them a kaleidoscope to bothdistract them from the procedureand keep their free arm occupied.
-- Priscilla Merrill, FNP
   Northwood, NH