Immunizations: Tips to get you through your child’s first shots

Today I am taking my daughter, Madison for her 4 month immunizations and it made me think about some tips to avoid an awful experience at the Doctors office.

 

As we drove to the doctors office, she was happy, cooing at me from the back seat. We got to the doctor’s offic the receptionist let me know my regular doctor was not in today but a different doctor was in that could administer the shots. When we entered the room he asked, “How old is he? 6 months?” I said, “No, she’s two months and this is her first shots.” “Oh.” He replied with a very unconfident voice. He fumbled around with the needles as I undid the snaps on Madison’s sleeper. He then pinched her thighs trying to find some fat to stick the needle in. He put the first needle into her thigh, she scrunched up her face and wiggled around, then paused and unleashed the loudest most pain filled cry I had ever heard. My eyes filled with tears, I squeezed her close. “Ok, only two more to go.” The doctor said.

Unless your baby has been colicky, until their first shots, you ain’t heard nothing yet! The first shots are an awakening of the lungs! Below are some tips to get you through your child’s first immunizations and make the experience less traumatic for them and you.

 

  • Bring your partner, a friend or family member for moral support. (not for the baby, you will need them to hold your hand)
  • Avoid bringing other children as the experience is not pleasant for anyone involved and you don’t need to be trying to calm down two kids.
  • Dress the baby in something that is easy to get on and off as after the shots their legs will be tender and they will be fussy so you want the easiest outfit to get back on them.
  • At two months they can’t focus well on objects but bring a toy to try to distract them. It will be more helpful at 4 & 6 month vaccinations
  •       Hold the baby in your lap. Don’t lay them down or have the doctor hold them.
  • Have some Tylenol on hand to give the baby afterwards. Of course, check with your doctor first if it’s ok.
  •  Ask the doctor if it’s ok if you stay in the room to calm them down for a few minutes, try to breastfed or offer a bottle to help soothe them before you attempt the car ride home.
  • Try to keep your cool as much as you can. If you are stressed or upset the baby can sense it and it will only make them more upset.

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