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Comfort Positions for Immunizations for Children, Ages 6-8 Years


Reviewed by Child Life

​​As hard as you try, it can be difficult to reassure a child that the doctor's office isn't something to be afraid of. At Boys Town National Research Hospital and Medical Clinics, we want to help provide an emotionally safe experience for your child and for you. Whether it's a simple examination, a vaccine or another procedure, these comfort positions can help calm and reassure children and teens.

Comfort Positions for Children (Ages 6 to 8 Years)

Children may receive injections in either their arm or leg. Boys Town Child Life recommends the same holds for either injection, with some minor modifications to account for the injection site or your child's size.

  • Back-to-Chest
    • Hold hands and arms of child in tight hug with your arms and hands
    • For leg injection, use your leg to wrap around the child's legs to help prevent movement
    • Hug your child firmly and offer some form of distraction when possible

Child Immunization Comfort Hold 

  • Chest-to-Chest
    • Tuck your child's arms into their chest
    • Straddle their legs around your hips
      • Ensure your child cannot kick anything behind you
    • Hug your child firmly and offer distraction on the opposite side of the injection

Child Immunization Comfort Hold 

  • Side-sit
    • Child sits sideways on your lap, either in a chair or on exam table
    • Tuck your child's arms in front of them and hold them against their chest
    • Use your legs to “scissor" your child's legs or a nurse or providers can lean against your child's legs to prevent kicking
    • Hold your child firmly and offer some form of distraction when possible

Child Immunization Comfort Hold 

  • Side-hug
    • Sit next to your child and wrap one arm around them behind their back
    • Use the arm wrapped around them to help secure their arm receiving the injection
    • Use your free hand to hold their second arm close to their body and out of the way
    • If your child is getting the injection in their leg, you can use both arms to give a supportive hug and even hold their hands

Child Immunization Comfort Hold 



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