6 Step by Step Guide to Avoid Tears during Child Injections
Do you get frustrated going back and forth to a pediatric clinic because your child is too scared with the needle? Do you feel like your heart has been crushed every time the nurse injects your child’s arm?
It is fair to say that we feel empathetic or sympathetic to what the person is going through especially if it is a member of the family. More so, between a mother and a child. We could not fathom the pain that they are experiencing and we wish we could own such agony that was intended for them. However, routine blood tests are vital for young children and must be done.
Caring Nurse Services, a home care agency in Bel-air, MD, has an experienced team of qualified nurses who are proficient and well-trained to deal with your little ones particularly in pediatric blood draws.
Here are the top 5 kid-friendly guide from astp.org, which our skilled nurses from Caring Nurse Services utilize to spare your child from teary-eyed moments or uncontrollable screams.
- Create a special room with colorful decorations
The room should be filled with animated pictures and technicolor to distract the child when the nurse is drawing blood. It should also be quiet.
- Establish rapport
Speak to the child in ways she can understand. Explain the procedure and reassure him or her that it is fine to feel frightened. Tell the patient not to move or instruct the parent to keep him or her still while the procedure is ongoing.
- Build trust
Approach the child in an authoritative manner yet friendly. Keep a calm and encouraging voice explaining the step by step procedure and emphasize the importance of it.
- Ask parent or an assistant to help
When the child makes unnecessary movements and became wild and irritable, an assistant will be necessary besides the parent. The qualified assistant knows the method in handling the child appropriately.
- Do the “quick draw” technique
Our skilled nurses are equipped to effectively perform a ‘quick draw’ method when drawing blood to young patients. A calm and quick nature are needed for this approach. You must know the site (vein) to draw, the correct device to use, and equipment must be within arm’s reach for easy access.
- Praise the child for cooperating
Present a little gift or reward for a job well done to the child. Praise them for being a good boy or girl while doing the procedure.
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