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Injections, subcutaneous (Sub-Q or SQ) CHI #1385

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about Subcutaneous (Sub-Q or SQ) injections.  Feel free to ask your child’s health care provider to go over any information you do not understand.

What is a Subcutaneous (Sub-Q or SQ) injection?

A Sub-Q injection is a shot that is given under the skin into the fatty layer to help absorption of the medicine.

Why is my child getting a Sub-Q injection?

Your child will be receiving medicine that is necessary for their health. Some medicines work best when they are injected under the skin into the fatty layer. These medicines need to be absorbed more slowly than others that are taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle.

Where are Sub-Q injections given?

Sub-Q injections are given either in the arm, abdomen or thigh.

Will this hurt?

Most children will have a mild sense of pain with the insertion of the needle and the injection of the medication. Most children handle this well and the pain decreases after a few minutes.

Can there be a reaction from the injection?

Yes, once in a while some children will have a local reaction at the injection site. This is typically a slightly raised, reddened and sometimes warm area.

How do I administer a Sub-Q injection?

  • Wash your hands.
  • Select the site and clean it using the alcohol pad.
  • Take a large pinch of skin to pull the fatty tissue away from the muscle underneath it.
  • Holding the syringe like a dart, quickly insert the needle at a 45 degree angle to the skin.
  • Slowly inject the medicine.
  • Release the pinch of skin, and then withdraw the needle.
  • Apply bandage or gauze as necessary.

This handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about Subcutaneous (Sub-Q or SQ) injections, please ask your child’s health care provider.

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Preparado: 2011

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Formulated: 2011


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