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For Older Children and Adolescents

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-Point out interesting things in the room to help create distractions.
-Tell or read stories.
-Support your child if he or she cries.
-Never scold a child for not “being brave.”
-Take deep breaths with your child to help “blow out” the pain.

Fainting (syncope) can be common among adolescents immediately after getting shots. To help prevent any injuries that could occur from a fall while fainting, your preteen or teen should stay seated for 15 minutes after the shot.

Before you leave the appointment, ask your child’s doctor for advice on using non-aspirin pain reliever and other steps you can take at home to comfort your child.

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

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