No one likes injections but children are sometimes less upset about them than their parents anticipate. Parents (both mother and father) should always learn how to give the injections but if at all possible the child should start by giving their own injections. There is no need to use an alcohol swab and it hurts more. Insulin pens make this easier and their needles appear to hurt less (perhaps because they do not also pierce the insulin bottle bung). However, the pen may be too big for the child to manage. Perpendicular injections, although easier, may cause intramuscular injection. 'Pinch and prick' techniques are better.

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