Needles, shots, immunizations, vaccinations, and all of the above can be scary experiences for children. Even some adults are uncomfortable with sharp metal poking through their skin. Taking your child to the doctor for immunizations can often lead to crying fits. There are ways to comfort your child before and during their shot.
Talk openly and honestly to your child about vaccinations and immunizations. Explain what they’re used for and how beneficial they are. A child is more likely to be afraid of an immunization shot if they don’t understand what’s happening. Teach your child how important immunization is and why they need it. Use language they can understand.
While your child is getting their shot, use various methods to distract them and take their focus off the pain. Try to encourage your child to not look at the needle, especially when it pierces the skin. Here are some examples of distraction methods:
- Bring a toy with you to the doctor’s office. Allow your child to play with the toy as they’re getting their shot.
- If you have a smartphone, show your child a funny or interesting video to capture their attention.
- Ask your child a question about their favorite T.V. show or book. Have the child explain the answer as they get the shot. Be sure to pick something that they talk excitedly about frequently.
Try to take our child out for a small, affordable treat after the immunization. It’s important to associate positive experiences with immunizations so your child relates shots with rewards. We recommend promising your child before getting their immunization to take them out, so they have something to look forward to.
Shots are scary, but important. Does your child need immunizations or vaccinations? Contact Pediatrix and request an appointment.