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Kids and Allergy Shots: Five ways to help ease anxiety

If you have a child with environmental allergies, allergy shots might be a part of your treatment plan. These regular shots, however, can cause anxiety in some children. Being anxious or fearful of shots (and needles!) is a very common thing in children. As a parent, it can be challenging to effectively manage your child’s […]

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If you have a child with environmental allergies, allergy shots might be a part of your treatment plan. These regular shots, however, can cause anxiety in some children.

Being anxious or fearful of shots (and needles!) is a very common thing in children. As a parent, it can be challenging to effectively manage your child’s fears and anxieties while maintaining a treatment plan.

At Midwest Allergy, we understand these issues and are offering five ways to help you reduce your child’s anxiety when it comes to allergy shots.

Honesty is the best policy

When you are talking to your child about allergy shots, be honest. Yes, it might hurt. Yes, it might be sore for a while. Don’t tell them it will only sting for a second or not hurt at all – it very likely is painful for your child! Being honest with your child and not downplaying the fear of pain can help her cope with it. Propose a remedy or two to try – ice, cuddles, a favorite stuffed animal to squeeze.

Put on a happy face

Maybe you have anxiety about needles or shots yourself. You could be passing those fears on to your child, without even knowing it! Be sure to get in a positive space before your child’s appointment. Do some deep breathing and think of the positives about allergy shots. Your child takes his or her cues from you, so be a good example!

Pretend and distract

A good way to take your child’s mind off an impending allergy shot is to do some distraction. Maybe headphones and a favorite app? Or coloring? Singing a song or reading a book? Anything that your child likes to do, try it next time. Another way to ease anxiety is to do some good old fashioned pretending. Have your child pretend to be the doctor and give you a shot. Practice different reactions and conversations.

Alleviate pain

You can always try devices like Buzzy to dull the pain pre-allergy shot. Or ice the area beforehand. Your allergist may have recommendations as well, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Fun, fun, fun

For older children, the promise of a fun outing or activity after an allergy shot can help get through the process. Let your child pick a favored treat: Go to the park, get a slushy, watch a show, pick a treat from the dollar store. Focusing on something happy after something scary can help get through the process with fewer fears and tears.

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