HOW DO I MAKE MY BABY COMFORTABLE DURING SHOTS?
“When she’s given an injection, my baby cries excessively. Is there anything I can do to alleviate her discomfort?”
There are some drawbacks to getting vaccinated, but the long-term benefits are worth the effort. If you want to make it more bearable, you may do a few things to help ease the discomfort.
Try these soon after giving your baby a shot if she’s under 5 months old.
- Swaddling. Swaddle your infant before the shot, but be sure to keep their legs exposed so the vaccine may be administered.
- Gently rocking her back and forth in your arms or a baby swing while whispering soothing words into her ear (whether through breastfeeding, a bottle, or a pacifier)
The amount of time that babies cry after receiving an injection is significantly reduced when these are followed. Breastfeeding your infant while at the doctor’s office can be a useful distraction and calming tool for your child, as long as you’re okay with doing so. Your youngster may even be able to obtain the vaccine while you’re doing it.
A sugar water solution may be available under certain circumstances. A cranky baby may be calmed by sucking on a pacifier dipped in this solution.
Try gently pressing and massaging the skin around the injection site before and after the shot. This treatment may alleviate some of the discomforts in that area.
Swaddling or shushing an older child or adolescent may be ineffective. Allow your child to sit on your lap while you take the picture and distract her with a toy, book, or song. Avoid displaying any signs of distress or worry. Parents’ anxiety can be picked up by their children, causing them to become nervous as well.
If your kid experiences pain or fever after receiving the shot, consult with your child’s doctor about the possibility of administering acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Be sure to thank your child for a job well done! Make your next doctor’s visit more bearable with a little encouragement. Take a break after the appointment and do something enjoyable. A trip to the park or playground can brighten the day’s recollections.