you a new mommy who sheds tears every time you see your baby in pain after
shot? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a
poked with a needle is no fun, the word ‘vaccine’ scares you of the horror you
experience while getting immunized as a child. Vaccination is, however,
critical to safeguarding the health of children.
Why is it important
to vaccinate your baby?
always want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car
seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe.p1 You must also know that
one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of
Immunizations can save your
of advanced medical sciences, your child can be protected from many diseases
than ever before. Some diseases that have caused injury and killed thousands of
children have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction due
to safe and effective vaccines.Vaccination is very safe
a long and careful review by scientists, doctors and healthcare professionals’
vaccines are given to children. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may
cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection. But this is
minimal to the pain when compared to the discomfort and trauma of the diseases
these vaccines prevent. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as
severe allergic reaction, are very rare. The benefits of getting vaccines are much
greater than the possible side effects for almost all childrenp2 .Immunization protects
others you care about:It
is important that you and your children who can get vaccinated are fully
not only protects your family but also helps to prevent the spread of these
diseases to your friends and loved ones.p3 Immunization can save your
family time and money:A
child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be refused at schools or child
care facilities. Some
vaccine-preventable diseases can result in prolonged disabilities and can take
a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills or long-term
disability care. p4 Getting vaccinated against
these diseases is a good investment and is usually covered by insurance.
Federally funded programs provide vaccines at no cost to the children from
low-income families.Immunization protects
have reduced and eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled
people just a few generations agop5 . For example, your child
doesn’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists
as the smallpox vaccination eradicated that disease worldwide. If we continue
vaccinating now and completely, parents in the future may be able to trust that
some diseases of today will no longer be around to harm their children in the
Possible side effects of vaccination
babies may suffer from the following side effects after vaccination.
and swelling at the site of the injection.Tenderness
at the vaccinated spot.
these side effects concern you more, then get your child examined by a medical
professional without any hesitation. The doctors may prescribe some medications
for fever as well as other symptoms.
The following 10 ways helps to ease
your baby’s vaccination pain
may be poked with a needle up to 20 times during vaccinations before their
second birthday. These shots are mainly given to protect your baby from dreaded
Hold your Baby
During the injection, stay nearby your baby so that you
can distract and calm your baby. An ideal option is to hold your baby so that his/her upper arm
or thigh is exposed, and the provider can give the injectionp7 . Older children can sit on
your lap facing you.
Breastfeed your baby
After the provider gives the injection, feed your baby
because it may help relieve vaccination pain. Babies who breastfeed during
vaccination cry less.
However, usually, parents feed their children after the vaccination, since
infants may be more likely to throw up during the injection. p8 Younger kids and babies are
much better at living in the present moment and as a result, their mind can
Get some quiet time
After vaccination, babies become irritated and drowsy,
and may also refuse to eat for few hours. In such situations, plan some quiet
environment at home by keeping the room temperature cool and comfortable and
try to dress your baby in loose and breathable clothes.
Add a little sugar
Several studies have found that sugar not only helps the
medicine come down but also takes the sting out of vaccination pain. For babies
under 6 months, a taste of sugar is particularly helpful. Try giving your baby little sugar water
before the injection, or dip a pacifier into the sweet liquid and let him/her
suck on it during the injection.p9
Distract your baby
Distracting your baby during vaccination is one of the
most important steps you can take to reduce vaccination pain. Bring along an
item that will hold his/her attention like bubbles, favourite toys, a
noisemaker, or a favourite rhymes or movie on a portable DVD player.
p1Copy-paste from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/partners/childhood/matte-articles-5-reasons.html
p2Copied from https://www.ochd.org/News/Article/77.
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