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About Sickkids
About SickKids

June 28, 2010

Will I have to get a needle?

Parents taking their children to the doctor’s office can now arm themselves with a new tool to help make the visit less painful. Dr. Anna Taddio, Adjunct Scientist and Pharmacist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto has teamed up with Dr. Vinita Dubey from Toronto Public Health to provide an easy-to-use tip sheet to help reduce children’s pain during immunizations.

According to Dr. Taddio, it is important to make a child’s experience with needles as positive as possible, as children may develop a fear of needles and other medical procedures if their early experiences with needles are highly negative.

The tips are easy to follow and provide information for parents with children of all ages.  From recommended analgesics to distraction methods, the two-page resource provides proven ways to reduce children’s pain and anxiety while getting their vaccinations. The resource is available to download through Toronto Public Health’s website at www.toronto.ca/health/immunization_children/howtoreducepain.htm