Talking to Your Child about Needlesticks and Procedures

A needlestick poke or procedure may cause children of any age to experience pain or anxiety. Because we care about your child's physical and emotional health, we have developed The University of Michigan Poke Program to help reduce the pain and fear surrounding needlestick pokes and uncomfortable procedures.

Our Poke Program Team wants to make your child as comfortable as possible while undergoing procedures or pokes.  You and your child will have a voice in determining how a poke or procedure will be carried out.  You’ll be asked to fill out a Poke and Procedure Plan which tells us how your child responds to pain and discomfort, and provides you with choices to help lessen your child's pain and reduce their concern.

By offering your child control through asking their opinion, listening to their answers, and teaching them coping skills, we hope to make each needlestick poke and/or uncomfortable procedure a more positive experience.

We are committed to partnering with you and your child for the best possible experience at the University of Michigan Health System.

Watch a presentation about the Poke Program

Poke and Procedure Plan