Emergency rooms can be scary places for children. In addition, some diagnostic procedures, tests, and forms of treatment may be painful. Examples of possibly painful tests and treatments are blood drawing, spinal taps, suturing, needle placement for intravenous fluids, and shots of medications.
The pain your child experiences will be sharpened by anxiety. Younger children may also be fearful of separation from their parents. At these times your child needs you to be with him. If necessary, tell the healthcare provider that you wish to be with your child to help him deal with his fear and pain.
Your role is to comfort your child and to help him be less anxious. The following actions should help: