What kid enjoys the sight of needles? In fact, what child enjoys going to the hospital or visiting the doctor’s office? There may be exceptions to the rule, but most kids detest the idea.
If they hate going to any of these places, getting a shot, receiving a checkup, you will likely come across resistance from the child. Everything from crying to hitting to fussiness, as a mother or father you will endure quite a bit from your baby or toddler in this short session.
So, what could you do beforehand to prevent this behaviour from occurring? Preparation is key. We know your blessing is fine when he or she is home, but once they are out in nature, they may be completely different, either because they are scared or they’re testing their limitations.
Don’t be embarrassed, though. Every parent goes through this. Just ask any nurse!
Here are five children’s tips for a positive immunization experience at the clinic:
1. Get Your Newborn Ready
Prior to visiting the immunization clinic, there are several things you can do to make sure that your newborn baby isn’t panicking when they’re getting their shot.
Here are just a few methods to utilize before making your way to the office:
- Feed your baby at least two hours prior to your visit.
- Let your baby have a nap one to two hours before the appointment.
- Make sure that your baby is dressed comfortably for the procedure.
A well-rested, comfortable, and fed baby likely won’t make much of a fuss.
2. Talk to Your Younger Children
Let’s face it: kids have a lot of questions. As soon as they have the ability to communicate, they will ask about anything that comes into their mind. So, to avoid a scene, one of the best approaches is to speak to your child about immunization shots and why they’re important.
By doing this, your child can think positively and be ready for mild discomfort – though, this is rare now thanks to pain-control methods (see below).
3. A Rowdy Kid? Be Calm
Again, many parents will witness their normally quiet child start roaring before an inoculation. You must refrain from acting belligerent and getting angry. Like the nurse, you need to be calm from the moment you step foot in the office to the time the shot is performed.
In fact, if you wish to be proactive, try to distract your child with something colourful.
4. Never Apologize or Give False Assurances
Some parents become perturbed, but some parents grovel to the whims of their children. The latter should be avoided at all times.
There are two things you must never do during the immunization: apologize to the child – “I’m sorry you have to go through this.” – and giving false assurances – “everything is going to be OK” or “it won’t hurt.”
These do not help at all – trust the nurses, they have seen and done it all.
5. Don’t Worry, Pain-Control Methods Are Used
In the event that your children are quite sensitive, many doctor’s offices incorporate pain-control methods into their immunization treatments. These often involve numbing agents so that the baby, toddler, or teenager doesn’t feel anything.
Here are just some of the items they use:
- A plastic plate with small points to stop pain signals.
- A cooling spray before the shot is received.
- An anesthetic cream that numbs the skin area where the shot is being injected.
Pain-control methods really work. Don’t you wish you had them back in your day?
Every child needs to be immunized in this day and age. It may be difficult, it may be stressful, and it may be worrisome. But you can do it, as long as you heed the recommendations. Don’t be afraid, remain in control, and realize that it will be finished as quickly as you can say cat in a hat.