One of the many reasons that you'll take your young child to a pediatrician is to have them immunized. Shots that prevent the child from getting measles, tetanus, and other destructive health problems will play a key role in aiding your child to grow up healthy. Although you likely appreciate the necessity of immunizations, you might not be looking forward to these appointments — after all, no parent wants to see his or her child upset over the poke of the needle. There are several different steps that you should take in advance of an immunization appointment to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Talk To Your Child
Depending on the specific immunizations that your child will be getting, he or she may be able to comprehend what will be happening at the pediatrician's office. Although you don't want to build up the appointment in advance to the point that your child feels anxious about it, it can be useful to briefly explain what is happening, what the child will feel, and why getting these shots is necessary. Stress to your child that he or she will feel a pinprick for a brief instant, and then there won't be any pain.
Determine How You'll Hold The Child
Pediatricians rely on parents to hold their child during immunization. By nature, an uncomfortable child will often fidget during this appointment, which can make it difficult for the pediatrician to give the shot. In some cases, a fidgety child may prevent the immunization from being administered properly, which could cause the pediatrician to make a second attempt. You'll need to determine — perhaps based on some advice from your pediatrician during a previous visit — exactly how to hold the child. You may even wish to practice doing so in advance of going to the clinic.
Brainstorm Ways To Keep Your Child Happy
It's a good idea to prepare for the appointment by thinking of how you can help your child stay as happy as possible. If he or she has a favorite outfit, blanket, or stuffed toy, you can ensure that the child is dressed in the outfit or has the blanket or toy in his or her hands when you visit the clinic. Depending on the child's age, you might also wish to promise a fun activity at the conclusion of the visit to the pediatrician, such as going to the park or doing something else that the child enjoys.
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