Jakarta – When the COVID-19 vaccine is available for your little one, some mothers may immediately think about how to persuade their child to be injected with the vaccine. What is the best way to prepare children to deal with the fear and stress of injections? And, what can you do to reduce your little one’s fear? “The best thing a parent can do is talk to the child about it. I have two children and I try to overcome their fears by explaining that the injection will hurt a little, but explain what it is for and why it’s important,” said Dr Jean Moorjani, Pediatrician at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital, quoted by USA Today. Why are children afraid of needles? The fear of needles is due to classical conditioning. A child may receive the vaccine when they are young and begin to associate pain caused by needles, in general. Understandably, they develop fear and will do anything to avoid it. In extreme cases, a fear of needles can stick with children and teens for the rest of their lives, causing them to avoid medical treatment involving needles. Fear can also come from a lack of understanding. So, make sure you tell your little one the reason for getting vaccinated. Tell your little one that the pins and needles may sting for a few seconds, but that it will soon be over. Banner Acehnese Man and Turkish Wife/ Photo: HaiBunda/Mia It is important for parents to help their children and youth develop anxiety coping strategies so that they can get the care they need to protect their health. Why is it important? Research has found that helping children to successfully overcome fears associated with injections can reduce their chances of developing a needle phobia and avoid future vaccinations or other important medical care. Phobias can cause anxiety, racing heart, nausea, chest pain, and even fainting. The worse consequence is that this fear can actually stop some people from getting the vaccinations they need, and leave them vulnerable to disease. So, what should parents do to reduce the fear of injections? See on the next page, yes. Also watch the video about is it possible for children under 12 years of age to be injected with COVID-19?