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Needle Phobia: What it is, what it isn’t and how to help

Needle Phobia: What it is, what it isn’t and how to help Research has shown that one of the biggest fears children have about visiting their pediatrician is a fear of needles (Kortesluoma & Nikkonen, 2004). For chronically ill children who undergo frequent procedures such as intravenous infusions (IVs), blood draws or steroid injections, repeated…

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The Importance of Prep: Preparing Children and Teens for Medical Procedures

The Importance of Prep: Preparing Children and Teens for Medical Procedures There are few things more difficult for a parent or caregiver than watching a loved one in a heightened state of anxiety or worse, in pain. For many parents, this is a rare occurrence—perhaps a fall off a bike led to a broken arm…