Pain expert calls on clinicians to stop needle pain for kids

child vaccine

A new challenge

  • Numbing cream (such as over-the-counter 4% lidocaine cream) applied before each needle procedure
  • Sugar water or breastfeeding for infants 0 to 12 months
  • Comfort positioning, including swaddling infants and skin-to-skin contact with parents, and sitting upright for children—never holding a child down
  • Age-appropriate distractions

Held down as a child

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