Kids need to get a flu shot - but it doesn't need to hurt
OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Children's Hospital of Eastern
Ontario's (CHEO) 'Be Sweet to Babies' research team, led by Dr. Denise Harrison, recently launched a YouTube video demonstrating the best ways to reduce pain for babies' immunizations.
This is a must-view video for all parents of babies who are getting
ready for a flu shot or their standard vaccinations.
As many parents can attest, immunizations can be painful for infants and
distressing for parents. However, there are simple and effective ways
to reduce the pain. Research shows breastfeeding babies, giving them
sugar water, or holding them upright in a secure front-to-front
position effectively reduces pain during immunizations.
Unfortunately, these strategies are rarely used by healthcare providers
and parents. There are hundreds of videos currently on YouTube of
babies being injected; however, proven pain reduction techniques are
not being used.
Concerned by these examples, CHEO's Be Sweet to Babies research team
carried out a review of 142 of these videos.
"We noticed almost all of the babies cried before or during their
injections, with some crying solidly for over 2 minutes after the
injections," said Dr. Harrison. "No videos showed breastfeeding or use
of sugar water during the injections and only four babies were held in
a front-front position."
As a result of their findings, the research team decided to post their
own YouTube video demonstrating effective pain reduction techniques in
The team will monitor the number of hits, comments, Likes and Dislikes
this video receives over the next 12 months. It will also monitor all
newly posted videos to see whether effective pain reduction strategies
are starting to be implemented as a result.
"At CHEO we believe in using evidence-driven health care to ensure the
best outcomes for our children, youth and families," said Dr. Harrison.
"We hope this project will change standard practices for giving shots,
therefore reducing tears and fears during injections now and in the
SOURCE: Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
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