Vaccinations are life-saving protections that offer your baby immunity to several diseases that caused several deaths in the past and are still a potential cause of concern. Babies can be very vulnerable to external viruses since their immune system isn’t completely mature, so vaccinations equip your little one’s immunity to prevent a disease and also fight it when required. It is so important to give your baby the right shots and the right time. However, it’s hard to watch your baby go through all that distress. Just remember that vaccinations are the best way to protect your baby fight off dangerous and deadly diseases. Read on to find out how to make vaccinations a little easier on your baby.
Cuddle Your Baby
Babies are a lot calmer when being held by one of their parents. So cuddle your baby while they’re getting their shots if you can and then use this as an excuse to get all the baby snuggles you can afterward.
Distract Your Baby
Bring your baby’s favorite toy or play peek-a-boo with your baby while they’re getting their shots. It’ll help keep their attention away from the injection pain. You could also try introducing something new to your baby, like bubbles. Just make sure it’s okay with your pediatrician.
Feed Your Baby
Being ready to nurse or having a bottle ready for immediately after the vaccinations will help calm your baby. Making sure your baby is staying well hydrated will also help prevent a fever that can sometimes occur after shots.
Apply A Compress And Massage
You can apply a cool compress or ice pack to the injection site to help reduce swelling. If the injection sites are still sore after 24 hours, a warm compress might feel better to alleviate some of the soreness. Massaging the injection sites can also help relieve pain.
Use A Numbing Cream
Before your baby receives their shots, you can apply a small amount of numbing cream to the area in order to lessen the pain. Make sure to ask your pediatrician first before applying.
Give Your Baby Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
If your baby is being extremely fussy or develops a fever after vaccinations, you can give them some acetaminophen (Tylenol). Check with your child’s pediatrician for the correct dosage before administering. Never give ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to a baby under 6 months and never give a child Aspirin.
Your baby will be more stressed out about getting shots if you’re stressed out. Try to stay as calm as you can and be there for your baby. Keep reminding yourself that vaccinations are the best protection against potential diseases. Follow these steps and your baby will hopefully have a little less discomfort when it comes time to get shots. You’re doing great mama and you’re protecting your baby for years to come.