Study: If Your Child Is Scared Of Needles It’s Your Fault

Kids tend to be scared of things, that’s just the way it is– right? New findings from York University in Canada reveal that the main factor in the anxiety a child feels before getting a shot is how frightened their parents are. Researchers looked at 202 Canadian parents and 130 children between the ages of four and five years old. Parents were asked how scared they were before their child got a needle, as well as how scared they thought their child was. For some children, the fear of vaccinations before getting the shot is so bad that they feel more pain-related distress immediately afterwards, and tend to try and avoid future medical appointments. Study leader Nicole Racine adds, “This is a major public health concern and stresses the importance of understanding what leads to needle fear in young children and how we can prevent it.” (Daily Mail