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Comfort Measures to Reduce Needle Pain and Distress



For families with children and teens

For families with babies


Vaccines are the best way to protect ourselves from many serious diseases. However, getting a needle may be painful and stressful. Check out our helpful tips to make immunizations easier.


Reducing needle fears

A helpful resource is offered by Anxiety Canada, Anxiety in Youth.

The Facing Fears section, includes “how to” steps to reducing fears for many issues including needles.  

Check out these videos. They sound like the young people at our clinic who have made progress and are finding getting injections more manageable.

Looking for more information? Check out Needle Phobia in Children and Youth.


Numbing Cream


To use numbing cream Place numbing cream patch over IM injection site 30-60 minutes before immunization is received (check instructions on cream you have). Helpful tips to make immunizations easier.


To practice getting more comfortable with needles, try making yourself a “fear ladder.” Download a blank fear ladder, with an example; and practice photos and videos.

Sample Needle Fear Ladder

Activities or Situation Fear Rating
Getting a shot in the upper arm


Slightly pricking one's skin with a needle 9/10
Watching someone else get a needle in real life 8/10





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