Hold your baby close during & after shots. Physical contact and talking to baby can help distract them and make them feel safe.
Feed baby during & after shots. Studies have found that babies who were fed during the vaccination cried less. Babies are only really able to focus on one thing at a time, so milk presented right after vaccinations switches their focus from “ouch!” to “yum!”
Sugar water. Several studies have found that sugar can take the sting out of vaccinations. A taste of sugar is particularly helpful in babies under 6 months. Try giving your baby a little sugar water before the shots, or dip a pacifier into the sweet liquid and let them suck on it during the injection.
Distraction. Distracting your baby is one of the most important steps you can take during vaccinations. Bring along an item that you know will hold their attention — bubbles, a favorite or new toy, a noisemaker, or a favorite movie on a tablet or phone.
Injection site massage. After the vaccination, gently rub your baby’s skin near the injection site. The distracting stimulation from the light massage may keep your baby from feeling the pain so intensely.
Tylenol. Giving your child Tylenol (acetaminophen) before the vaccinations will help lessen pain afterward. It can also help reduce fever after vaccines.
I’m Kris 🙋🏻♀️ I’m a boho hippie beach mom just trying to raise a family in New England. I have a perfect 3 year old lil boy with autism, a beautiful high maintenance diva baby girl, & 2 crazy rescue dogs and we live on a lake in the woods on the seacoast of New Hampshire just outside Boston.
I’m super Italian & pretty much check off every Boston Italian stereotype and lemme tell ya we are definitely our own lil cultural world 😋
I have a bachelor’s degree in psych that I don’t use at all lol and I used to be a medical/surgical assistant and worked in both orthopedic trauma as well as pediatrics. I f**kin LOVED my job & if the apocalypse ever hits I have the medical knowledge to survive 🤪
I gained & subsequently lost 100 pounds post thyroid surgery, 60 pounds with baby # 1, and 30 pounds with baby # 2. I have been every body size there is and they are all beautiful!
I don’t wear a lot of makeup, I don’t know how to curl my hair, I’m obsessed with yoga & plants, I hate big cities, I mostly rock t-shirts & flip flops, I have a mouth like a sailor, I’m fluent in sarcasm, I’m loud & full of opinions, and I drink a lot of wine 😋 Some people say I’m a lot... but would you wanna live life only being a little??
I’ve walked a lot of paths in life and have been through some serious shit. So I will never judge you for where you are on your path or how you’re walking it. You do you boys & girls (and everyone in between)! Let yo freak flag fly! All are welcome & supported in my corner of the Internet 😉
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