It’s hard to watch while your child get their immunizations because you feel their pain. I hate having to let my daughter get poked with a needle. However, I know it’s beneficial for her and will keep her well. Whenever I had to take my daughter to get her shots this is what I would do.
I felt so bad after my daughter got her shots because she was a little sore after. All i could do was just give her lots of love. You can’t really explain to an infant, but right after you can soothe them with a pacifier or bottle. Just make sure you give them lots of affection, so they know they are loved.
When they are about 3 and up, you can kind of explain to your child a little about what’s going to happen. I had my daughter watch Sesame Street. They have a clip about a child going to get their immunizations, and its very realistic. My daughter watched it and felt a lot better about going. So a short clip or video is very helpful.
Have a talk
I usually don’t tell my daughter at home that we are going to get shots because she will give me a hard time getting dressed, and she may even cry all the way there. So when we get to the doctor’s and go in the patients room I tell her. I may start with remember the show we saw about the kid that got his shots etc. Then I tell her that the nurse is going to do a little prick in your arm or leg. I tell her I’m going to be there the whole time holding your hand.
Reward your child
After your child gets their shots, praise and reward them for being a big kid. Even if my daughter cries, I still tell her good job and tell her she’s a big girl. Then we go out for ice cream to make a negative experience a positive one.