Children’s Minnesota Comfort Promise

Care teams use a variety of strategies including numbing cream, soothing blankets and distractions to reduce the pain children feel at the doctor’s office or hospital.

What you can do to help

As parents and caregivers, there are ways that you can provide comfort before, during and after needle procedures:

Before your child’s procedure

  • Prepare your child about what to expect
  • Keep it simple yet honest, the timing will depend on your child
  • Talk to your provider or clinic about numbing cream

For babies under 12 months, sugar water or breastfeeding should start 2 minutes before the procedure.

During your child’s procedure:

  • Swaddling
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Pacifier
  • Holding your child during the procedure
  • Age appropriate distraction (Example: Favorite toy, singing, music or comfort object)

  • Sitting child upright
  • Holding your child during the procedure
  • Age appropriate distraction (Example: Toys, books, bubbles, pinwheels or games)

  • Sitting your child upright
  • Holding your child or staying close by during the procedure
  • Some children this age like to watch what is happening
  • Age appropriate distraction (Example: Electronics, toys, activities that encourage deep breathing, or actively engage)

  • Sitting upright (if teen wants to)
  • Be available for support
  • Some teens like to watch what is happening
  • Age appropriate distraction (Example: music, games, electronics or watching)

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