Organization addressing needle-phobia and how to help kids during medical procedures
DELMARVA – Hope for Henry Foundation is an organization that empowers children with serious illnesses to actively participate in their care. Now they’re teaming up with 152 Giant pharmacies across Delmarva to help kids who struggle with needles and vaccinations.
Hope for Henry foundation is a 20-year organization that was birthed after the loss of the founder’s child. After the founders witnessed their toddler spend his life in the hospital, they wanted to alleviate issues and fears that came for children.
After a recent survey completed by Hope For Henry and Quadrants shows that needle-phobia is leading to a delay in childhood vaccinations, so they wanted to step in. The partnership provides a Super Rewards game board, a helpful and interactive guide of what to expect, and a sense of accomplishment as children complete the process. “Whether it’s for vaccinations or MRI’s or getting an IV placed, whatever the procedure is that they’re facing, this program is there for them,” says the CEO of the foundation, Laurie Strongin. She adds, “You have a sense of engagement in your care and you’re being rewarded for doing something that’s going to make you healthy.”
Strongin tells 47 ABC, that too many adults have experienced as a child with vaccinations and fear of needles that leads them to vaccine hesitancy. However, she says this fun and engaging way to help kids feel more at ease about medical procedures, could make all the difference. “Addressing kid’s psycho-social well being and providing incentives to help them do all the difficult things they have to do to get healthy. ”
Kids can collect stickers and make medical procedures a little more fun and exciting which Strongin also says, will help those with needle-phobia.
To learn more about the program or the foundation, visit their website or a local Giant pharmacy near you.