Most new parents often wonder as to how to soothe their baby after a shot. Being poked with a needle is no fun for a baby and if you are a mommy who feels extremely sad each time your baby gets a shot, this article is a must read for you!
While timely and proper vaccination is extremely important for the health of your children, it does cause your little one some distress. Below mentioned are some great tips to help you manage the pain your baby suffers from after a vaccination or a shot.
Give your little one some quiet time
After a shot, there is a good chance that your baby might feel a bit irritated and also drowsy. He or she may not want to eat immediately after a shot too. If this is the case you need to indulge your baby in some quiet activities to comfort him or her. Also make sure that you are dressing up your little one in some comfy clothes after a shot.
Be around your baby
Staying around your baby and holding him or her when getting a shot is important and shall help in keeping the child calm. Try patting on their back and hold them in your arms when he or she is getting pricked.
Breastfeed your baby
Breastfeeding your child after a shot can even help in alleviating the pain.
Use a cold compress
This is another effective way to soothe your baby’s pain. Applying a cold compress or a cool cloth dipped in water can help in reducing the soreness around the area where the shot has been given. Soreness around the site of the vaccine is common, although if the soreness stays for several days we recommend getting your baby examined by a pediatrician.
Try and distract your baby
Another good way to calm your little one after being given a shot is by distracting him or her. Gift your child a new toy or a game that shall distract them for a while. Try talking to them or playing some music or television.
Try giving them sugar
Sugar is said to help in decreasing the pain intensity of a vaccination. This tip is especially for babies under 6 months of age. Feed your baby some sugar before the shot to reduce the pain.
Always remember that your concern or worry during a shot can increase the baby’s distress. Crying little after a shot or vaccination is completely normal and the pain will settle down after a few moments.
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(Note: Zahi Butik Organics only provides recommendations based on best practice that a parent should follow. These recommendations should always be discussed with your doctor or paediatrician. It is always best to follow your doctors/paediatrician orders. Please contact your doctor or emergency services, in case of emergency or if your child is unwell or not responding well to recommendations provided.)