“Tune In” to Injection Trepidation

December 31, 2006

To allay children’s fears about immunizationsor allergy shots, keep apocket-sized, battery-operated radioin the office.

To allay children's fears about immunizationsor allergy shots, keep apocket-sized, battery-operated radioin the office. Before you administeran injection, give the patient theradio and allow him or her to selecta station or song. Listening to theself-chosen music not only providesa pleasant and relaxing diversion,it also lessens anxiety by affordingthe child a sense of control over thesituation.-- Sheryl Stone Clay, RN, BSN
   Mason, Ohio