(HealthDay News) -- For a child with diabetes, blood glucose checks or insulin shots can be major sources of anxiety, especially at the beginning. Parents and caregivers may be no less fearful and guilt-stricken.

The American Diabetes Association suggests how to help you and your child get through blood sugar checks and insulin shots:

  • Practice taking deep breaths, and letting them out slowly.
  • Tell your child a joke, or sing a favorite song during the shot.
  • Allow your child to play doctor and pretend to give you a shot first.
  • Ask your child to tell you about the favorite part of the day.
  • Prep the injection site with a kiss, and give another one when the shot is over.
  • Give the shot as quickly as possible.
  • Offer your child plenty of praise for being brave.