It's time for your baby's first set of immunizations at the doctor's office. If you're a first-time parent, you may have approached this day with at least a small amount of apprehension. That's normal. However, for your little one to be fully protected against childhood diseases, it's important that they receive all of their immunizations.
While there will be some minor discomfort associated with the immunizations, there are some steps you can take to keep the discomfort to a bare minimum. Here are four simple steps you can take to make the experience less traumatic for your little one.
Don't arrive too early
You may be tempted to get to the pediatrician's office early. However, if you arrive too early, you may end up waiting for an extended period of time. This is particularly true if the doctor is running behind schedule.
Try to arrive no more than 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled appointment. This will limit the amount of time you're left sitting in the waiting room, which means there will be less time for your little one to get tired and fussy.
Administer Pain Reliever Ahead of Time
Your little one is going to be uncomfortable after they receive their shots. The areas they receive their shots may be swollen and tender. In addition, your little one may develop a slight fever following their immunizations. You can help reduce the discomfort by giving them a dose of pain reliever before their scheduled appointment.
For maximum results, give a dose of pain reliever about 30 minutes before their appointment time. This will give the medication enough time to start working before your little one receives his or her first set of shots. Be sure to talk to your pediatrician before administering the pain reliever. They'll be able to tell you the exact dosage your little one should receive.
Numb the Skin
The initial injection of the needle can cause a slight amount of pain for your little one. To reduce the amount of discomfort your little one experiences, try applying a small amount of numbing cream to the area where your baby will be receiving the injections. You can ask your doctor in advance so you know which areas to apply the cream to. Numbing cream is available at most pharmacies.
Above all else, remain calm. This is the most important thing you can do for your baby when it's receiving its first immunizations. Your little one will be looking to you for clues. If you're visibly upset, your little one will react to that. Reassure your little one that everything is fine. This will help your baby remain calm.
It's time for your little one to be immunized. Use these helpful tips to keep your baby calm and comfortable. For more tips on how to prepare your baby for their first shots, be sure to speak to your pediatrician.