You will hardly find anyone who does not suffer from this fear or who at least did not suffer during childhood. The fear of injection is one of the greatest fears of people, especially children, and the time you need is a time of great despair. That thin needle causes panic and tremors in many people, who get sick when receiving an injectable medication, a vaccine or even to draw blood. Unfortunately it is a necessary evil and there may not always be another solution to replace it.
Baby getting vaccine
The injection is used to introduce fluids and medication into the body either intravenously or intramuscularly. Intravenous injection is when the procedure is carried out with the administration of medication directly into the veins that are in the upper or lower limbs, with the agility to enter directly into the bloodstream achieving better effectiveness. Intramuscular injection, on the other hand, is one that is performed directly inside a muscle. Usually used in the gluteal area or in the thighs for babies.
What few know is that the needle itself does not hurt, but the depth at which it is applied and what substance is used in this injection. Nowadays we can count on modernity and a variety of needle gauges, ranging from the thinnest almost imperceptible like a hair to the thickest ones that are hardly used today.
Child with Fear of Injection – How to Help?
The fear of children’s injection causes despair in the parents too, this is when the parents themselves are afraid and pass even more insecurity to their children. When he hears that there will be a vaccination campaign and it will not be a droplet, the body shudders. The day of vaccination or when you need to have an injection because of an infection or a health problem, is a real despair.
A lot of crying, screaming and tireless escape attempts occur, leaving everyone stressed and making the situation even worse, which should be very quick. The nervousness of the parents ends up causing even more trauma to the child who is already terrified of the situation. Unfortunately, there is no method to put an end to the fear of injection, but there are ways to reassure the child by clarifying how it works and why it needs to be taken. The much-feared sting can begin to be faced courageously and after the first time I see that I didn’t even have as many reasons for fear as I thought.
Informing the health professional about the child’s fear is also another way of helping him, after all, with a “little way” and more care he is able to make the moment more peaceful, and who knows, even to remove the fear of him? When the injection occurs in a moment of tranquility and calm, with the body relaxed the discomfort of the bite becomes almost imperceptible.
For more specific cases where the child has a real fear of the injection and is impossible to face, a good conversation with the pediatrician may be the solution. In some cases, the use of anesthetic is indicated to relieve the stinging discomfort, which does not hurt so much, but causes distress and fear in so many people, especially the little ones. A small layer of topical anesthetic passed over the area where the injection will be given will be enough for the child to feel exactly nothing.
For children who are sick and feel faint just entering the hospital or laboratory, a way to relax is to position them in a comfortable way . Some places offer chairs, armchairs or even stretchers where this type of patient can be accommodated.
Other valuable tips for not making the time of the injection even more traumatic, is to tell the child not to look but to turn the other way. Talk, think about something else and get distracted, it’s the best way to get the injection without waiting and happen and finish faster. If you want to sing, count to ten or just close your eyes and try to remind the little one that it will only last a few seconds and will soon be home.
Fear is inevitable and fear of injection will not be the only one to face, nor the greatest. Fear of the dark, thunder, dog or even that child character, the clown and Santa Claus, are so many fears that the child will have to face in his life. And even when they grow up and become parents, they will still have fears. Different from childhood, but they will still have them. If they learn to deal with those fears when they are young, they will also know how to cope as adults and when it is their turn to calm their children, they will know exactly how to act.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.