Six Ways To Make Vaccinations Less Painful For Your Kids
Observed the world over on the 28th of July, World Hepatitis Day is usually preceded by a lot of compelling campaigns and advertisements urging parents to get their children vaccinated to prevent a Hepatitis infection. Coaxing the children to visit the doctor to get the shot however is a delicate task. The fear of needles and pain loom large over the children’s head and often result in a firm and often tearful rejection of the idea of going to the doctor’s. So we thought we’d give you a hand with the task of taking your kids to confront the needle. Here are six ways to make vaccination less painful for your children:
1. Explain That It’s For Their Protection
Explain to your children how vaccinations work and make them understand that the procedure is being carried out to protect them, not punish them. The prick of the needle is a small price to pay for protection against distressing diseases.
2. Don’t Lie To Your Child
Saying that the vaccination won’t hurt is a bad idea because it leaves the child mentally unprepared for pain. If you tell him or her that the vaccination does not hurt, when the shot is being administered and your child feels pain, he or she will immediately panic and think that something has gone wrong. You may even end up losing your child’s trust. A better way is to warn your child that the procedure might be a little uncomfortable. Tell your child how he or she would be able to handle the pain easily and praise them for being strong.
3. Don’t Give Them Too Long A Notice Before The Appointment
It is best to let you child know that they may need a shot a day or two before the appointment so that they don’t spend days dreading it. Children discuss everything with their friends and tend to exaggerate. Your child may want to discuss the upcoming shot with his or her friends who may start narrating their personal stories of how horrible and painful getting vaccinated was. This will only make your child even more doubtful of the whole gig and result in tears and tantrums on the day of the appointment.
4. Ask Your Doctor About Painless Alternatives
There may be options of brands or types to choose from for some types of vaccinations. Ask your doctor about these alternatives. Some medical practitioners also use numbing cream some minutes prior to the injection to lessen the discomfort of the needle, you could check on that too.
5. Prepare Yourself For The Side Effects
Your child may experience side effects like nausea or slight fever after getting vaccine shots. Make sure you understand everything that may ensue after your child gets the shot and prepare yourself. Don’t schedule an appointment right before a school trip or some other activity that your child may have to skip because of the side effects of the shot.
6. Treat Your Child After!
Your child just sat through an extremely uncomfortable experience and that deserves a reward. Studies show that an immediate reward after a painful experience can help the brain handle the pain better the next time around. Since children need to get a fair amount of vaccinations, it is a good idea to make an after-injection treat a ritual.