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› Be honest. Talk with your children about strategies to manage their pain and distress. › Ask children over 10 if they want you to be there for the needle. A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE NEEDLE RIGHT BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE NEEDLE › Apply numbing creams or patches (topical anesthetics such as EMLA TM , AMETOP TM , and Maxilene™), available for purchase from pharmacies without a prescription. Follow instructions – product must be applied 30 to 60 minutes before the needle to the area where the needle will go. › Apply cream to multiple areas if your child is having more than one needle. › Ask if you are not sure exactly where on the body the needle will be given. 30-60 MINUTES BEFORE THE NEEDLE Keep this timeline handy to make your child's vaccinations easy peasy › Sit upright. Newborns (younger than one month) can be held skin to skin against your chest. Young children can sit on your lap. Hug but don't hold too fi rmly. Needle location: • Babies under 1 year: upper outer thigh. • Babies 12 months and older: upper arm. › Breastfeed (if possible). If your child unlatches, gently reposition when your child is ready. • Or give sugar water 1-2 minutes before the needle (1 tsp white sugar dissolved into 2 tsp boiled or distilled water). • Or have your child suck a fi nger or a pacifi er. › A simple technique called muscle tension can raise blood pressure and stop these feelings. • Ask your child to recline or lie down if possible and tighten his/her leg and stomach muscles (not the arm where the needle is going to be given). • Tensing should continue for about 20 seconds until your child is feeling fl ush in the face. Stop tensing for fi ve seconds (without fully relaxing) before tensing again. › Stay calm and interact normally with your child. BABIES UP TO AGE TWO ALL AGES › Use neutral language rather than drawing attention to pain. • Let children/teens know when things are going to start by saying "Ready?" or "Here we go!" • Avoid reassuring (e.g., "It'll be over soon" and "You're OK") as it can increase distress and pain. › Distract by taking their attention away from the pain. • Watch a video together and ask questions about it. • Encourage listening to music through headphones. • Talk about something fun (e.g., birthday party). • Play with toys that encourage deep breathing, such as blowing a pinwheel or bubbles. › Get support from a registered psychologist if your child has severe needle fear or phobia. CHILDREN TWO TO 17 CHILDREN SEVEN TO 17 WHO FEEL FAINT WHEN GETTING NEEDLES TIP: IF MORE THAN ONE NEEDLE IS TO BE GIVEN AT AN APPOINTMENT, ASK THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER TO GIVE THE MOST PAINFUL VACCINATION LAST. NEEDLES DON'T HAVE TO HURT BROUGHT TO YOU BY: INSTITUTIONS: FUNDERS: SUPPORTER: Evidence summarized by Dr. Christine Chambers, Dr. Meghan McMurtry, Dr. Noni MacDonald, Dr. Melanie Barwick, Dr. Anna Taddio, Kathryn Birnie and Katelynn Boerner Adapted from Taddio A., McMurtry CM., Shah V., et al. Reducing pain during vaccine injections: clinical practice guideline. CMAJ 2015;187:975-982.

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