Infographic: Top Tips for Managing Needle Pain
Top Tips for Managing Needle Pain
Getting a needle doesn’t have to hurt!
Did you know?
2 in every 3 children and 1 in every 4 adults have a fear of needles.
These science-backed tips are safe, easy and effective for children and adults:
Watch a movie, listen to your favourite song, or play a game to distract yourself and take your attention away from the needle.
Take slow, deep breaths before, during, and after getting a needle to help calm your nervous system and reduce stress and anxiety.
Apply a numbing cream or patch to the area where you will get your needle 30-60 minutes before your appointment to minimize pain.
Tip: Remember to always read the instructions or speak to a health care provider before using a new product for the first time.
After your needle, take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help reduce soreness and discomfort.
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