Comfort Measures to Reduce Distress or Pain
For families with children and teens
Needle Distress or Anxiety
How can I help my seven-year-old son overcome his needle phobia?
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
|Getting a shot in the upper arm
|Slightly pricking one's skin with a needle
|Watching someone else get a needle in real life
For more instructions and examples of making and using fear ladders check out the website Anxiety BC
Some fun Youth oriented activities and explanations: Anxiety BC Youth
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