Comfort Measures to Reduce Distress or Pain



For families with children and teens

For families with babies


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 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


For more instructions and examples of making and using fear ladders check out the website Anxiety BC


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