Shots for school? How to calm a child's fears. TODAY
Many parents know that a needle is in their kid’s future -- either shots or a blood draw. And kids know it, too.
Don’t lie. If you say it won't hurt and it does, they certainly won't believe you next time.
Do stay calm and composed (no matter how upset you really are). Children of all ages will look to his or her parents for cues on how to react.
Don’t threaten kids with shots as a means of discipline. A line often overheard: “If you don't behave, the doctor’s going to give you a needle,” says the parent.
Do prepare them. “When kids know what’s going on and what to expect, they generally do better,” says Smith. “Truthfully answering any questions they have can be very helpful.”