Immunizations are one thing that all children have to get, and one of the things most parents dread. We all know that they aid in keeping our children healthy and are a requirement before starting school or daycare. There are a few things you can do to make the process go quicker and take some of the tears out of the process.
1. Make an appointment for immunizations, and immunizations only.
This makes your wait shorter, and usually the other children have left the room ahead of you and your child. Not having your son or daughter hear other children scream and cry can help keep them more calm.
2. Take only one child at a time, if possible.
As with the appointments, children seem to feed off other children's fear. If you have two siblings getting shots, they will probably both be upset about getting shots and making it worse, especially on preschool age children.
3. Give Tylenol or ibuprofen before leaving the house.
A pediatrician once told me this tip, and it has proven very effective. Of course, you should check with your own pediatrician first. If they say it's okay, then give them a dose before heading off to the clinic. This will help prevent crankiness and achiness at the injection site, since the medicine is already in their system.
4. Take a trusted friend.
A favorite stuffed animal, doll or toy going along can help ease the anxiety for your child. You can never have too many friendly faces going along for support.
5. Never lie and say it won't hurt at all.
Don't tell a child that they won't feel a thing. If they ask, it's best to say that they might feel a small pinch. Needles can be felt and can be uncomfortable, and most children can handle the reality of this.
These tips will help make a difficult time a bit easier to handle. Lastly, don't forget the best advice of all, make a fuss after the shots are done. Never forget that special little treat for your brave youngster.