You parents are the most important people in our lives, and what you say and do means everything to us. We kids are often a bit scared and anxious when we’re going to clean wounds, get our blood taken or get injections. I know some smart tips to make the situation a little easier for us kids.
It’s good for your child that you as a parent prepare the child for what will happen in a positive way. Use a confident and calm voice. Be honest. Do not say it does not hurt, because later the kids may feel you fooled them as they actually thought it was painful. The more predictability for the child – the less anxiety and more control!
It is of great importance that you reflect upon and consider carefully what you say and how you say it, while preparing your child. Pay attention to your body language and be aware of your own limitations. If you feel unable to hide your fear, worry or anxiety for the children, perhaps it would be wise that the other parent or a grandparent takes care of the situation.
Make sure you have tools to help the child focus on something besides the unpleasant thought and sight of wounds, blood and needles. Use distractions that engage and activate the child and yourself. As many children turn sick at just the sight of blood and needles, it is important to get them to look at something else or look away. Topical anesthetic cream can be used together with the distraction.
Do not use bribes like – “if you manage to do it I will buy you an ice cream etc ….” Children do their best in every situation and a good job no matter how, and they deserve praise even if they cried a little or they could not deal with it during the first attempt. Do something nice together afterwards and praise the child both to the child directly and to others while the child is listening. Make them feel proud! Then it will be easier next time too!