EL PASO, Texas — News of a Covid-19 vaccine now readily available for kids ages five to 11 may be welcome news to parents, but the thought of getting a shot is scary for some kids.
dr. Sarah Martin, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, said it’s important to remind your kids how this vaccine can keep them and others healthy.
make it look normal, like any other vaccine, kids are used to getting injections every year
“Make it look normal,” Dr. Martin. “It’s just another vaccine. Kids are used to getting injections every year.”
She added that most children are afraid of the needle rather than the vaccine itself.
She recommends seeing your child’s pediatrician, someone they recognize and also feel comfortable helping.
dr. Rana Kronfol, a local pediatrician, said her practice has several techniques for distracting children while they are receiving a vaccine.
“Sometimes we use a vibration device that helps distract the nerve endings, making them feel less pain,” she said.
“Usually it’s more emotional. So just taking a deep breath and staying calm is very helpful.
dr. Kronfol said we shouldn’t let kids know ahead of time that they’re getting a chance either.
There are several vaccine clinics in El Paso, including several school districts. Click here for more information.