Needle pokes: Reducing pain in children aged 18 months or over

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Find out how to reduce the pain of needle pokes in children aged 18 months or over.

Key points

  • Needle pokes (such as vaccines, blood work and IV starts) can cause pain, which can be stressful both for children and parents.
  • There are methods you can use to help reduce your child’s pain and distress during needle pokes.
  • Before the procedure you can use a topical anaesthetic and distract your child.
  • During the procedure, you can hold your child, rub your child's skin and stay calm.
Last updated: December 18th 2018