There are many ways to cope with painful procedures; pain medicines are only one solution. More specifically, research and experience have shown that relaxation techniques are very helpful in dealing with pain and discomfort. Encourage your child to blow bubbles or blow out imaginary birthday candles, tell jokes, say the alphabet, count out loud, listen to music, play “I spy,” play with a toy or video game, or even talk about friends or schoolwork.
You may also utilize guided imagery. This occurs when you help a child use his / her imagination. Your child can imagine a happy time or place; it's similar to pretending. Some children, for example, pretend to ride on a magic carpet so that they can be at another place in their mind. They usually close their eyes and are able to describe sounds, sights and smells. It's a good form of distraction.