Kids don’t like needles. It stings and they are not sure why they are getting shots. This can make them scared and feel unsafe. There are ways to make getting shots easier for your child. Vaccination is very important to protect them against diseases, but they may not understand this yet. We have compiled a few simple strategies to help make getting shots easier.
Distraction. This is a very good strategy and very effective. Distract your child from the needle and the pain by playing with a new toy, pointing out a bright picture, pulling funny faces, or blowing bubbles.
Coughing. This works well for older kids. Tell your child to ‘cough it out’. They should cough once before and once during the vaccination. This helps with not feeling the pain.
Sugar. Giving your child a sugar solution before the vaccination can also help with making it easier. Studies have shown that babies who had taken a sugar solution before the vaccines cried last after.
Cartoons. This is another type of distraction technique. The cartoons will keep the attention of the child while the shot is administered. You can use your phone, laptop, or tablet if there is no TV at the doctor’s office.
Skin-numbing products. In combination with the sugary solution beforehand, skin-numbing products also help. This reduces the pain and is easy to apply.
Keep calm. You and the doctor should work together to keep your child calm. If you take control, the process will go faster and be much less painful. Try not to make a big deal of the trip to the doctor.
Pacifier. If your baby is used to sucking on his or her pacifier, give them one for the trip to the doctor. It comforts them and also acts as counter-stimulation to the pain of the shot.
Order of the shots. Studies have found that the order of the shots can help reduce the pain. Talk to your doctor about this and also do some research yourself.
These tips should make getting your child vaccinated much easier and painless.
It is not only babies that need vaccinations. Your older children and teenagers also have some scheduled shots. For some, this can be a really big deal and they might be stubborn or refuse. Educate them on why it is important. Also follow our tips below to help them through the process.
People have different opinions about vaccinations and whether they are safe or not. Make sure to educate yourself on the correct facts from reliable sources. This will enable you to answer your teen’s questions with valid information.
Talk about it
Talk to your children about vaccinations and their purpose. Explain to them that the needle might hurt a bit, but that the protection the shot gives them is very valuable. Explain to them the diseases and possible effects that contracting them can have.
Know when it is coming
Your child’s school will most likely inform parents through newsletters or on their websites. If you want to find out when these dates are coming up, phone the school.
Return the consent card
Your child will receive a consent card for vaccinations. Read it carefully and also discuss it with your child. If you decide to not allow vaccinations, still complete the form and send it back. It helps authorities to keep track of who is vaccinated and who is not.
Make sure they are not sick
On the day of vaccinations, make sure that your child is not feeling sick or has a fever. These conditions will prevent nurses to vaccinate.
Have your child eat a good breakfast on the morning before the vaccination will take place. Vaccines can sometimes make a person feel dizzy or drowsy and even cause a bit of nausea. Make sure they eat well and drink lots of water to prevent dehydration.
The last few things to do before sending them off is prepare them for the needle and the soreness after. Many children realize afterward that it wasn’t so bad. Explain that there will be some redness and tenderness after the shot, but it will go away in a few days.
Vaccinations are one of the ways that parents can help keep their children safe and healthy. Parents are always looking out for their children and wishing there was more they can do to keep them out of harm’s way. One of the best ways to that is by vaccinating your children. Here are the five main reasons why immunization or vaccination is important:
It saves lives. Advances in medicine and the vaccination of communities have saved many lives and will continue to do so. Because of vaccination, some diseases are no longer a threat. Some have been eliminated completely and others seem to be close to extinction. This means that diseases that were feared by previous generations have had few or no reports in recent years.
It saves money. Getting your children vaccinated is making sure that you do not miss work because your child is sick. It also means that your child is protected against diseases that can cause disability and other life-long problems. This can lead to many medical expenses. Vaccinating your child is an investment in his or her health.
It is safe and effective. Vaccines have been tested extensively by doctors, scientists, and other healthcare professionals. They will not allow a child to be subjected to something that is not safe. There will always be some discomfort and tenderness involved, but the benefits outweigh these short-lived pains.
It protects those around you. Some babies and children may not be able to get vaccinated. This can be because they are too young or have certain allergies that prevent them from being vaccinated. To help keep these children safe, it is important to vaccinate your children who do not have a problem with vaccines. This way, they will not carry the diseases that can make other children around them sick and possibly lead to death.
It protects future generations. Through vaccination, some diseases are no longer around. Smallpox vaccinations are no longer necessary, as there is no more smallpox. This disease has been eradicated across the world. Future generations may need fewer and fewer vaccination because of the eradication of diseases today.
Vaccinate your child. It is the best thing you can do.