MAKING IMMUNIZATIONS EASIER
FOR YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF
BEFORE SHOTS . . .
- Bring your child's immunization record.
- Read your vaccine information statements.
- Ask questions.
- Bring along a favorite toy or blanket.
- Reassure your toddler or school-age child honestly, "It might sting, but it will only last a few seconds".
- Never threaten your child with shots, "If you are not good, I will have the nurse give you a shot".
- Above all, remain calm and confident. Your child can pick up on your feelings! If you are anxious, they will be too!
DURING SHOTS . . .
- Touch soothingly and talk softly.
- Make eye contact as you smile at him.
- Hold your child securely on your lap.
- For toddlers or older children, help your child take deep breaths and slowly blow out the pain.
- Point out objects or posters in the room.
- Tell your child a story or have him tell you one.
- Allow your child to cry, don't force him to be brave.
AFTER SHOTS . . .
- Comfort your child by holding, cuddling, caressing, and/or praises.
- Talk lovingly and soothingly.
- Reassure him that everything is okay.
- Ask your health provider for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever when you get home.
AT HOME . . .
- Mark your calendar for your next appointment.
- Review the vaccine information statements for possible reactions.
- Observe your child for the next few days.
- You might see a small rash or notice a fever.
- A cool wet cloth can reduce redness, soreness, and/or swelling where the shot was given.
- If your child has any reaction that concerns you, call your doctor or seek medical attention.
- Give your child plenty of fluids.
- It is normal if he eats less than usual for the next 24 hours.
Information provided by California Dept. Health Services.
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