Teaching coping mechanisms ahead of time helps your child feel "in charge." Be honest and calm when informing your child about allergy testing. Attempt a discussion a day or so prior to testing to answer any questions they may have. In a straight-forward, non-emotional manner, provide simple, accurate information. There may be some discomfort. Talk with your child about strategies to use for coping with the tests, and practice these tactics before the testing appointment.
Offer your child emotional support by being present during testing. Be sure any fear or anxiety you might have is not transmitted to your child. Encourage your child to do his or her best, saying, "Now is the time when you must lie still."
Learning relaxation methods can reduce anxiety and ease the process of allergy testing/injections. Some techniques include:
Distraction can narrow attention and help your child focus on one thing. Possibilities include: