I honestly can't remember the brand names of the old syringes I used, sorry. If the walgreens brand are the same guage and short needle, I'm not sure if she would notice a difference by using the BD brand instead. The only thing you can do is try if you're willing to pay for the syringes yourself. Also if try them and she likes them better your doctor may be able to call the insurance company and request BD brand only, it's worth a shot. After I was diagnosed my mom every once in a while would let me do my own injections (with her supervising of course) to see how I dealt with it. I would say maybe let her do it herself but it might be tough only using her buttocks as her site. I started doing my own injections by age 8. I just asked my mom and she told me that I didn't complain too much about getting my shots, just on occassion. Being a child with diabetes can be very scary and stressful. I agree with amy that tension could be a part of her pain. If you're tense then your muscles tighten causing some uncomfortable feelings. Maybe try to find a way to distract her by making her laugh, get one of those stress balls for her to squeeze, perhaps let her give a baby doll a shot while she is getting one, just a few suggestions. One other thing I did that I remember very clear was I kept all of my syringe tubes and plungers for like 2 yrs., my parents put the cap back on and broke the needle off before I could have them. I know it may seem weird that I would do that but I was so proud of my collection. I showed everyone who came to visit that I was a big girl, lol. Eventually I threw them away. My parents felt the same way you do about seeing your child suffer. My mom says it got a little easier over time once I accepted that diabetes was a part of my life. I was in and out of the hospital with ear surgery (6 times) also while dealing with my diabetes until I was 9 yrs. old. I had one surgery that had failed and they had run some tests to find out why, that's actually how they found out I was a T1D. We spent lots of time at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh,Pa. Good Luck.
Ps. Have you thought of sending her to a diabetes camp? They're great, I went for 3 summers. It is a chance for her to be around kids her age with T1D, it teaches you how to deal with life as a diabetic. I used to go and teach other kids how to give their own injections : ) We did camping, singing, exercise, swam, icking ( natural clay pits kinda like a big play doh pit), arts and crafts.