Vaccinations have never been my number one option when it comes to my baby’s healthcare. I’ve always had my doubts and reservations about them; especially after seeing the Vaxxed documentary on Youtube where they discover a link between vaccines and autism. Regardless of how much information is out there and how much I’ve researched the topic, the US. Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that there is no linkage between the two. Science and medicine have weighed strongly in favor of childhood vaccination no matter what has been discovered about it. After discussing it carefully and thoroughly numerous times with my husband, we decided NOT to vaccinate our children. Once we presented our doubts and concerns to our daughter’s Pediatrician, she strongly recommended us to change our minds. She took the time to explain everything carefully into detail and kindly reminded us that the majority of the public schools in the U.S.A. require that children are up-to-date with their vaccinations. Even though we were astonished at how unfair the government has established these rules and regulations to OUR kid’s health, we had no other option but to take a deep plunge into the world of vaccines. We were and continue to be extremely disappointed with the system; especially because of the number of vaccines our child receives before the age of 2.
Since we don’t have another option but to get our daughter vaccinated periodically, we wanted to make her experience as easy and pain-free as possible. Here are a few helpful tips to make shots easier on your baby:
- EMLA Cream – is a topical anesthetic that may reduce immunization pain in children. This cream can be found over the counter at drugstores. I recommend applying it (around the area where the vaccine will be applied) about an hour prior to the vaccination appointment.
- Motrin – I like to give the recommended dosage for my child’s age and weight 30 minutes before her appointment. This helps with the pain after the procedure. I also give her another dosage for pain and fever (if any) 5-6 hours after the appointment. **Always consult with your Pediatrician before administering any medications to your child.
- Breastfeeding/ Bottle-feeding / Pacifier – Offering a pacifier, breastfeeding or bottle-feeding after the procedure may significantly reduce the pain and the amount of crying time.
- Distraction – I like to distract my daughter with a new toy, book, or song while the procedure is done. This tends to keep the attention away from the nurse and the scary needle.
- Reward – once the shots are given, I reward my daughter with something special that I know she’ll like such as a sticker, cookie or ice cream. This usually helps her stop crying after the shots.
- Movement – my daughter’s vaccinations have always been on her legs so far. I like to make circular, up-and-down, and side-to-side movements on her legs to ease the pain.
- Extra Snuggles and Liquids – once we’re home from the doctor’s office, my daughter and I like to lie in bed and watch her favorite cartoons. I make sure she receives extra snuggles and love from me. I like to make her feel as comfortable as possible. I also like giving her tons of liquids to keep her hydrated and cool in case she comes down with a fever.
- Sleep – I let my daughter sleep for as long as she likes the day of the vaccines. If she takes a longer nap than usual, I let her sleep it off. If she wakes up later the next morning, it’s OK too. If she’s resting, it’s because she needs it.
My daughter usually tends to feel better a day or two after the vaccinations, so I like to think that my tactics work in her favor. I hope these tips are useful to make your child’s trip to the doctor a little less painful than usual. If you have any other suggestions, make sure to leave them in the comment box down below!