If your child asks if he or she will get a shot during an appointment, it’s best to be honest. This will give you the chance to discuss fears and explain why the shot is necessary before arriving at the doctor’s office.
“Being truthful can help your child prepare and be ready to face the injection when the time comes,” Dr. Watson says. “Setting the expectation can help kids better cope with the situation.”
It’s also important not to tell your child the shot won’t hurt. Explain that the injection will pinch or sting, but only for a few seconds.