Minimizing Needle Pain in Kids: A New Device May Help

Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd


November 15, 2010

The Case

Johnny is a 7-year-old boy who requires a series of venesections as part of an endocrinologic work-up. He has had a fear of needles since his last immunizations at 5 years of age; as a result, his mother has had a difficult time getting him to the doctor's office. She is in your office to discuss how best to proactively manage his fear of needles and his anticipation of pain and distress with the upcoming venesections. She is willing to travel to another facility for the procedure if better options for pain management are available there because she does not want this experience to negatively affect his future attitude toward healthcare.

What options would you discuss with her?


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