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How can I help my child relax when I give him insulin shots?

When giving insulin shots to your child:
  • Give your child bubbles to blow before and during the shot to help him breathe deeply.
  • Sing a favorite song or tell a silly joke.
  • Play pretend doctor. Let your child give a pretend shot to his stuffed animal -- or to you -- first.
  • Talk about the best thing that happened that day.
  • Don't stall -- getting it over means getting on with some fun!
  • Kiss the site before and after -- then give each other a big hug.
  • Praise your child for being so brave.

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