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Fear of vaccinations: parents should not trivialize pain from injections


Parents should not trivialize the pain of vaccination against their child
Because of the syringe alone, some people are afraid of being vaccinated. Children especially shy away from the little prick. Parents should not trivialize the pain caused by the injection to their children, but talk to them about it.

Make vaccination easier for children
There is a lot of uncertainty in this country when it comes to vaccinations. Parents are often concerned that this could also harm the child. In fact, vaccinations can have side effects. The children are usually even more concerned than the parents. They are often very afraid of the syringe. In a message from the dpa news agency, the Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA) has valuable tips on what parents can do to make it easier for children to get vaccinated.

Be honest with the next generation
“Vaccinations are one of the most important and most effective preventive measures that are available in medicine. Modern vaccines are well tolerated and undesirable drug side effects are only observed in rare cases “: This statement by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) will not calm children who are afraid of an injection.

In order to take away their fear, parents should be honest with their offspring. According to ABDA, allegedly calming sentences such as “That doesn't hurt at all” tend to stir up fear and distrust of the next injection.

Distraction can help
According to the experts, it is better for adults to talk to their child about what happens when they are vaccinated right before the injection. Distraction is helpful during the process. In the case of small children, for example, these can be inflated balloons or soap bubbles. In babies, sucking on the pacifier can reduce pain.

Some vaccines can be given without injection. For example, there are nasal sprays for children as a flu shot. The possibility of administration via the skin has also been worked on for years.

Relieve the pain of the puncture
In individual cases it can also be easier for children if pain plasters or creams with the active ingredient lidocaine are used to relieve the pain of the puncture. According to the agency announcement, these are intended for children from the age of four months.

According to the experts, the patches, which are available over the counter in the pharmacy, have to take effect at least 30 to 60 minutes before the vaccination. However, the parents have to bear the costs themselves. (ad)

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Video: Why Parents Fear Vaccines. Tara Haelle. TEDxOslo (September 2020).