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Needle Fear and Threat in Children [Med J Islamic World Acad Sci]
Med J Islamic World Acad Sci. 2016; 24(2): 40-43 | DOI: 10.5505/ias.2016.48658  

Needle Fear and Threat in Children

Luay Al-Nouri1, Sattar Jasem2, Abeer Alassaf1, Rasha Odeha1
1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Jordan, Jordan.
2Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Universtiy of Baghdad, Iraq.

Many families threaten young children with a needle prick as the means of making them disciplined and avoiding unacceptable behavior. Due to this adult behavior, children avoid medical care and are difficult to be examined medically.
This study aimed to investigate how the threat of using a needle might change children's behavior toward medical examination.
The mothers of 88 children, ages 212 years who came for a health checkup, were asked whether they ever threatened their children with a needle prick or an injection. Then, the children underwent a standard medical examination. The threatened and nonthreatened children were 33 and 55, respectively. The threatened children were found to be less cooperative and difficult to be examined. They were scared, crying, agitated, or panicky.
Children who were threatened with a needle or an injection were noncooperative or even hostile to doctors. Hence, it is recommended that therapeutic and prophylactic injections be kept to the minimum and replaced with oral or rectal medications. The means to reduce needle pain ought to be used more freely to ameliorate pain and establish a more cooperative response to doctor`s examination. Parents of young children should stop threatening children with a needle prick or an injection as the means of teaching them acceptable behavior and discipline.

Keywords: Adult, behavior, children, needle fear, needle prick, needle threat

Luay Al-Nouri, Sattar Jasem, Abeer Alassaf, Rasha Odeha. Needle Fear and Threat in Children. Med J Islamic World Acad Sci. 2016; 24(2): 40-43

Corresponding Author: Luay Al-Nouri, Jordan

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