As your child gets older and realizes that they will be getting a vaccination shot when they go to the doctor for a check-up, it isn't uncommon for them to be afraid. After all, it's uncomfortable to get a shot. So, here are a few tips that will help you get your young one through their vaccinations at their upcoming well visits:
#1: Try to Remain Calm.
First of all, as a parent, you need to stay calm. It can be hard to watch your little one suffering. However, you know that these vaccinations are good for them because they are going to help keep your child safe and healthy for years to come. Your child is going to look to you, so you need to make sure that you're calm and provide them a reassuring glance or hand hold. Once the vaccinations are complete, you can hold your little one.
#2: Avoid Saying Negative Things About the Doctor or Nurse.
While it is true that the shots are a bit painful and uncomfortable, the nurses and doctors aren't the bad guys and they aren't there to make your child cry on purpose. Everyone is out to help your child stay healthy. Explain this to your child (if they're old enough to understand) and that the shots are an important part to maintaining a healthy body. You may want to say something to the nurse or doctor like, "Thank you for helping to keep my child healthy."
#3: Offer a Distraction.
This one is best used on little kids. You can use your phone to play them a video or they can play a game. You can sing songs with them or make silly faces at them. Alternatively, if they have a favorite blanket or toy, you can bring that along.
#4: Always Be Honest About It.
Sometimes your child will ask if they are going to be getting shots when they go for their well visit. If your child does this, simply be honest with them. Don't lie. Let them know that it will be a bit uncomfortable when they get their shot, but that you both will go do something fun afterward. It is important that your child doesn't grow to distrust the doctor. Now, since your child is going to be anxious about the shots, try to make the appointment for early in the day to get the shots over with. This will allow them to get them out of the way and enjoy the remainder of the day.
My name is Shawna Banks and this is a blog that focuses on health issues that affect women. I became interested in women's health when my sister began having medical problems. After her condition worsened, she went to see a doctor. After her diagnosis and successful treatment, I helped her research the different kinds of health conditions that are common in women. By becoming knowledgeable about these types of problems, we can keep ourselves healthier. I hope that when you read this blog, it will help you to identify symptoms that shouldn't be ignored. If necessary, you can schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.