When you have a new baby, a doctor's visit can bring on a host of emotions. It's always exciting to find out how much your baby has grown, but when it's time for shots, that excitement can turn to pure fear. Although the rational adult in you knows that vaccinations are an important part of keeping your child healthy, the emotional (and often irrational) parent in you is completely terrified of anything that could cause your child any harm. For your baby's comfort and your peace of mind, you need to know how to prepare your baby for getting vaccinated.
Getting a shot can be painful and scary for both baby and parent, but they are a very important part of your child's overall well-being. As Patricia Stinchfield, a pediatric nurse practitioner mentioned in Parents, vaccinations are as important as clean water and sanitation for keeping your children alive and healthy. You can do your part to eliminate some of everyone's anxiety by allowing your child to nurse, bringing along a favorite toy, and placing baby on your lap while the shots are being administered.
At your next doctor's visit, try a few of these techniques to make the vaccination process a lot easier for you and your baby to handle.