Kids tell us that one of the things they worry about when coming to Children’s Mercy is getting a shot or poke. Health care procedures, especially when they involve a needle, can be scary for children and teens.
When we give children ways to cope during needle procedures, it can help them:
- Have a sense of control,
- Be part of their own care,
- Cope with future health care events, and
- Have a better overall experience.
We understand. Needles hurt. We want to make it better.
At Children’s Mercy, we have a plan called the Comfort Promise that will help make your child’s needle procedure easier. A needle procedure could include a blood draw, a shot or placing an IV.
This is our Comfort Promise to you and your child:
- We will offer a special medicine to numb your child’s skin before the needle procedure.
- We will let your child sit up in a comfortable position with you supporting them.
- We will help your child think about fun things during the needle procedure. We can use things like a book, a game or a video.
- We will offer sugar water on a pacifier to babies or offer for moms to breastfeed during the needle procedure.
We promise to do everything we can to eliminate pain – one poke at a time.