Nervous about your baby’s vaccine appointment? Here’s how you can make it a positive experience for you and baby.
Things you can GIVE your baby to help:
- You can apply a numbing cream to your child’s injection site about 45 minutes before the needle.
- You can mix a sweet solution at home with 1 tsp of sugar and 2 tsp of water and give it to your baby about 1-2 minutes before the needle
- You can nurse or bottle feed your baby about 5 minutes before the vaccination and continue feeding throughout.
Things you can DO for your baby to help:
- Assess your Anxiety
- Breathe deeply if you are feeling stressed
- Hold your baby in a calm, close, cuddle position
- Distract your baby
A huge thank you to Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell, director of the Opportunities to Understand Childhood Hurt (O.U.C.H.) Laboratory at York University (@yorkuniversity), for her expertise in pain and fear management in children. Her calming voice certainly makes us feel more relaxed 😌.
Want even more tips for managing needle pain and fears?
Check out our partner Solutions for Kids in Pain (@kidsinpain). They have a ton of great resources
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