It never gets easier to prepare kids for the ever looming
vaccinations they must endure. But there are several things you can
do to help make checkups cheerier for your wee ones. If your child
is gearing up for pre-Kindergarten shots, have a conversation with
them about what to expect and the light at the end of the tunnel.
Besides only stinging for a short while, many youngsters might look
past the pain to know there are stickers, a sucker or even the
added bonus of an ice cream trip post doctor visit.
If you have a newborn who doesn't understand why you're letting
someone stick a needle in their legs, have your arsenal of soothing
products reading such as their favorite toy, lovey and a bottle or
breast milk ready to ease their pain. If you're toting older
children to the pediatric checkup, have a conversation with them
about what brother or sister might endure and how they can help
distract the younger sibling from the pain.
Pediatricians may even suggest a little Children's Tylenol prior
to the shots being administered to help alleviate the uncomfortable
feeling the shots bring on. Many doctors and nurses, such as the
ones at Columbia Basin Pediatrics, are great about allowing you to
stay in the exam room after the shots are given so that you can
calm baby or child down.