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Over the years many parents have had to struggle when it is time to take their children in for vaccinations. Not only can this be stressful on the parents but it can be stressful on the child as well and can make a normal routine seem like a task that is difficult to deal with. There are a few things you can do to make shots and vaccinations easier on both you and your child.
One thing to consider is to not let your child know about the vaccinations until it is time to arrive. The reasoning behind this theory is that it can cause undue stress on the child if he or she knows what is coming and this will make it difficult to get them to cooperate once you arrive. Sure, they’ll know what’s coming once they are ready for the shots but if you don’t make a big deal out of it, they may not be as apprehensive.
There is a such thing called a shot blocker. These are a simple little gadget that is made of a rubber pad and a textured surface. However, they perform a very important task; they confuse the nerve endings for a little while so that the injection site isn’t quite as painful. Most doctors should have these shot blockers on hand but you typically may have to ask for them.
Make the trip fun. Allow your child to look forward to their vaccinations by planning a fun day. This way, their attention is focused on what they’ll be doing later as opposed to the shots.