Kid-Friendly Syringe?

Jesper Nilsson of Days of Design got a flash of inspiration on how to make syringes more "kid-friendly":

The Sphinx is an ancient mythological creature that sits around all fabulous looking with a feline body and a human head. The “Syrinx” is a cute little modern-day creature that helps kids out with getting their skin pricked for shots at the doctor. Specifically it’s made for reducing the fear children feel before taking a blood test. Aimed directly at kids aged 3 to 6 years, or for bigger kids, whoever likes cute thangs and fears the prick of the needle!

What do you think? Will it work (once) or will children see through it in an instant? Link - via Wired's Gadget Lab


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Diabetic here, grew up that way since I was a kid.
These would have cracked me up!!
From the diabetic perspective these would have been nice for when I 1st started giving myself injections. If it would have slightly hidden all the fluid I thought I was injecting.
I hated shots, I hated those thin but terrifying needle tubes, but something like this looks like they could potentially have a nice larger grip.
on Syrin(x) or syrin(ge). I love these ideas, anything to make medical care better for kids is a-ok by me!
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First of all kids are not stupid. Second, does anyone think these are cute? I think they are scary. Then you get to contend with the child now being afraid of needles and animal toys. Brilliant. FAIL
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I agree with the others. This does no good. It will just make kids associsiate the characters with th shot.

When I was a child, the doctor used a syringe that hid the needle inside a plastic tube. I couldn't see the needle, but I sure new what was coming. It made no difference to me at all. Infact I felt non-existant pain the instant the tube touched me.

I am not sure what to do in this matter, but it seems the secret is in making the child understand why getting shots is a part of life.
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Kids get their fear from their parents and it gets even worse like when Lisa said adults lie to them. And what if the kid has a fear of cats or mice or any other "funny" critter being used? I'd shit my pants if it was a lizard.
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Just don't ever lie to kids about needles. I still remember being put under general anaesthesia at 4 by a doctor who told me the "magic" butterfly would make me go to sleep. Being four I expected magic not the small needle hidden underneath the little green plastic butterfly. It hurt and I realized I had been lied to by someone who was about to have me in a very vulnerable position and it scared the crap out of me. I punched the doctor in the face.
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