Blood test: how to reassure children who have phobia needles?

The blood test is unfortunately the corollary of a quality medical monitoring. Here are some tips to help your child live this event.

Because they are necessary to a good medical follow-up, it is not useless to know how to manage the fear of the needles of your children.

Anesthetic ointment

To do this, know that it is possible to lull the skin to sleep with an anesthetic ointment two hours before the blood test. An anesthetic patch will have the same causes and the same effects. If the child is very nervous, it is also possible to go to a hospital to make him inhale MEOPA gas before meeting the nurse. This will help him relax.

Going to the places where the sting will be done a few days before can also help the child to better understand the event. Watching photos of needles and taking blood samples is also a good approach.

You can make this moment faster by preparing your body: the absorption of liquid swells the veins and accelerates blood flow. He must be given plenty of water.

Stay next to your child

During the procedure, it is a good idea to stay close to your child, advising them to look at you rather than focusing on the needle. Talking to him can also help him manage his stress better. More generally, explaining to your child why he will be stung and answering all his questions will help to evacuate many of his anxieties. This serves, in psychological jargon, to "rationalize the event". Last tip: Ask your child to breathe slowly, this will help to relax him completely.

After the sting, rewarding your child with a small gift will help to reduce the unpleasant sensations caused by the sting, and to better address the one after.

Cognitive and behavioral therapy

If, despite all these precautions, your child is still prone to panic attacks at the thought of having an injection, he may be suffering from belonéphobie, better known as "needle phobia". This category of phobia causes a slowing of the blood circulation, as well as a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. In the most serious cases, the simple fact of considering confrontation with the object causes cold sweats, tremors and vagal discomfort.

In this case, it is advisable to have your child follow a cognitive and behavioral therapy that will allow him to domesticate his fear and trivialize it. The psychologist will focus on understanding where this fear of needles comes from (has he heard stories of painful stings read novels or seen horror films on the subject? "stung" in the past? ...)

Needle phobia is common. Researchers estimate that between 1 child and 1 in 10 or 20 adults have a phobia of needles.

Video: Scared of needles? Heres how to stay calm during a blood test - Nuffield Health (February 2020).