For every parent who’s been desperate to get their child protected against COVID-19, it’s a monumental day as the FDA and CDC give the go ahead for kids ages 5 through 11 to get vaccinated.
If they could only get kids to forget their fear of getting shot, A total of 63% of children fear needles (also known as trypanophobia).
After the CDC granted the green light, youngster from Hartford, Connecticut were among the first to receive the shot. One brave girl stayed calm by holding her friend’s hand.
It’s one of the many tricks kids can use to overcome their fear, according to child psychiatrist Dr. Vera Feuer.
“It’s also important to tell the truth to kids and be honest. Be honest about what is gonna happen and explain what is gonna take place. Prepare them,”Feuer spoke.
The psychiatrist suggested that you can distract your children with a book, toy, or stuffed animal, as well as electronics.
Another tip — use numbing cream or a topical pain patch to numb the injection site.
Twenty-eight million 5 to 11-year-olds are now eligible for the vaccine, but don’t expect a stampede just yet. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 27% of parents said they would vaccinate children right away, 33% said they would wait, 5% said only if needed, 30% said no and 30% said no.
It’s estimated roughly 800 children have died from COVID-19 in the U.S.