How to reassure my baby after a vaccination?

Despite being extremely important and necessary, vaccines are painful and can increase anxiety in your child. Such is the pain that you will begin to notice that most babies will end up crying inconsolably after the doctor’s visit. What can you do to comfort your baby after his vaccines? Here are some tips:

• Wrap your baby in a blanket; place him on his side or on his back and quietly rock him back and forth to provide comfort.

• If your baby uses a pacifier, give it to him as suction provides comfort.

• You can give your child a small dose of sugared water before an injection, as studies have shown that it decreases pain after vaccination.

• Breast milk also helps. In fact, babies who are exclusively breastfed are less likely to suffer from fever after an injection.

• Talking calmly to your baby before and after the injection is also very beneficial. Explain to him calmly that injection is for his own good, to help maintain him safe, and because you love him so much.

• Hug him and embrace him. This is an excellent opportunity to cuddle with him and show him all your love.

• Use his favorite toy to distract him.

• Breathe deeply together. Hold your child to your chest and breathe deeply to convey your calmness.

• Ask your Doctor about anesthetic cream. If he recommends one, it must be applied before the vaccine, since it will take about an hour to start working.

• At home, gently move his leg or arm (depending on where the injection was administered) to reduce pain.

• Massage the skin around the area of injection to distract him from pain.

• Don’t forget to praise your baby for his courage, positive reinforcement is very important.

• If your baby suffers from a fever after his vaccines, remember to follow your doctor’s instructions. Most likely, he’ll give him paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce fever or pain.

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