Children’s Minnesota Comfort Promise

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

Infants (0-12 months)

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

 

Toddlers (1-5 years)

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

 

School age (6-12 years)

  • 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)

Teens (13-18 years)

  • 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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