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See that your baby has a good nap 2 to 4 hours
before the immunization is given.
Feed your baby 1 to 2 hours
before the immunization is to be given.
During and after the immunization, you can help your baby
by providing gentle comfort and reassurance.
Give your infant a
pacifier dipped in sugar water.
older baby snugly in a blanket, offer a pacifier, or hold and soothe him or
Distract your baby with toys or soothing conversation.
Toddlers (12 months to 3 years) and young children (3 to 9 years)
Tell toddlers and young children beforehand about the
upcoming visit to the doctor. But wait to talk about getting immunizations
until right before it happens. Tell your child that he or she will feel a
little prick that may sting. Avoid words like "shot" or "hurt." These can have
strong meanings to young children, which can raise their fear of immunizations.
Never suggest that vaccines are being given as punishment for
You can help ease the tension your child feels while
getting a shot (injection) by using distraction techniques. For example, blow
bubbles, read books, or talk about fun activities to help relax your
During the shot, act calm and confident. Don't increase
your child's anxiety by being critical, apologetic, or overly
Place a bandage over the area where the shot was
given. Some toddlers and young children are afraid of blood or worry that
medicine will leak out of the injection site.