(HealthDay News) -- Children with diabetes may need regular injections and blood tests, which can be very scary and uncomfortable.
The Nemours Foundation offers suggestions for the parents of these children:
- Prepare as much as possible before telling your child it's time, and do it out of your child's sight.
- Strive to make the procedure quick, relaxed and quiet.
- Avoid giving the shot at the same spot on the body each day.
- Rub the site with ice before inserting the needle to help numb the area.
- Offer your child a distraction (sing a song or blow a whistle), and keep a stuffed animal on hand.
- Offer a small reward and lots of praise when it's over.
-- Diana Kohnle
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