Tips to Make Vaccination Shot Visits Less Stressful for Your Child
The most important choice that parents make for the health & welfare of their child is getting them vaccinated. Precaution is better than cure and one cannot doubt the toddler has to be vaccinated a lot in the first few years.
Vaccinating your child will bring well-being to him but may also cause a moment of pain & stress for a child. Seeing baby suffer through the vaccinating process many parents becomes over bothered & feels tiresome. Fortunately, there are ways by which you can cut down the pain of your child & lessen the stress by supporting your child before, during & after shots.
Before Getting Shots
Getting your child vaccinated for the first time or nth time you have to be ready to make overall immunization process less stressful for you as well as your kid.
- Maintain a file for all the shots your kid has taken right from the birth. Carry this record along with you while you visit a doctor for vaccination. This may help the doctor know the vaccination history of baby & which shots your baby already has received.
- Read about any vaccine material that you have received from your child healthcare specialist
- Note down sets of questions if you have about vaccinations, so as to be sure about what you are getting into
Vaccination for Older kids
- Explain your child about the shot & its procedures. Let them know that the shot may sting or pain & don’t forget to explain how it is for their betterment.
- Encourage other family members to be part of it, especially elder siblings if any.
- Make sure you don’t threat your child about shots or tell them scary stories to make them behave. this inculcates a strong far in them related to vaccines.
While Getting Shots
While being at doctors place for getting shots, get all your doubts cleared regarding immunization with your child specialist.
Ask your childcare professional to advise on using a non-aspirin pain reliever and other ways that you can adapt to make your child comfortable post vaccination.
To make vaccination procedures stressless for your child follow few tips mentioned below:
- Let your child know that you are there for them. Provide strong emotional support by making eye contacts with your child & smiling at them.
- Distract and comfort your child by singing their favorite jingles, talking softly to them and at times cuddling them. This helps build trust in them and they are ensured that they will be safe.
- Comfort your child with his favorite toy or book.
- Hold your child firmly on your lap whenever required
- Soothe your baby by swaddling, making skin to skin contact or by breastfeeding.
- Point out interesting things in the hospital to distract them
- For older child take deep breaths along with your child to release the pain.
- Never scold a child for not being strong and crying while taking shots. Scolding them during shots can panic them and sometimes cause permanent fear about shots.
- Once your child receives all shots be supportive. A soothing voice may help your child to calm down and ensure him that everything is ok.
After Getting Shots
How hard you try to make vaccination process less painful for your kid, at times there may turn out another way around. A child may become cranky due to pain or rash at the vaccine site. Sometimes kids also get temperature after the shots.
Listed are tips to curb down side-effects of shots
- Read about the vaccination details provided by your child care specialist before taking the vaccination. Preferably there are listed various types of side effect that may be caused due to vaccination and remedies to overcome it
- Use a clean wet & cold cloth to reduce redness of the place where the shot was given.
- If your child has temperature give a cool sponge bath. With approval from a doctor, give a non-aspirin pain reliever
- Don’t force your child to eat as sometimes it is normal for your child to not eat properly at least 24 hours post vaccination.
- Make sure your child has lot of liquid intakes, to avoid getting weak cause of low intake of food.
- Pay little extra attention to your child and if anything concerns you immediately consult your doctor.