Comforting Children Through Their Shots

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Being there for your child goes a long way if they are nervous when getting shots. There are tips to help calm the nerves when it’s time to go to the doctor’s office. Here are a few of them to make the trip a little smoother:

  • Be honest with your child. Calmly tell them they are going to feel a slight “pinch” that will go away fast. Kids are smart and you can share what they should expect in simple ways they would understand. Even if your child is too little to understand, hearing you talk in a calm upbeat and relaxed voice before, during, and after the shot will help them stay calm.
  • Bring their favorite toy or blanket.
  • For young children, you can try putting them on your lap.
  • You can keep them distracted with music or a story.
  • Try the cough trick.
  • Reward them with a sweet treat.
  • Don’t forget to cuddle them afterward to help comfort and calm them down.


If you have any other questions about shots be sure to call the Help Me Grow 2-1-1 line, or send Help Me Grow a text at: 302-231-1464. The staff will provide referrals to community resources to help answer any questions or address any concerns you may have! For more tips to make shots less stressful, click here for more information