VaccinesHelp protect children and babies against 14 deadly diseases. It’s difficult to watch your child cry after she has her shots. You can ease the pain and stress associated with getting shots by taking steps prior to, during and following a vaccination visit.

Know what shots your child will need in advance. Your child’s current vaccine record should be brought to the doctor. Bring a book, blanket, or favorite toy. Be honest with your older children. Shots can sting or pinch, but it won’t last long. Keep reminding them that shots are good for their health.

Ask your child’s physician any questions about vaccines. Before your child receives shots, you might want to ask about cooling the arm or leg or numbing it.

You can distract your child by giving them a story, a toy or song. Keep eye contact with your child, smile, talk softly, or sing. As much as possible, place your child on your lap. To help, take deep breaths with an older kid. “blow out”The pain.

After the shot, you can hug, cuddle, and praise your child. Baby’s may need immediate relief by breastfeeding, swaddling or using a bottle. Reassurance and comfort are important for older children who may be crying.

“Read the Vaccine Information Sheets from your doctor so you know what to expect after the shots,”Dr. Melinda Wharton, the Deputy Director at the National Center for Respiratory Diseases and Immunizations at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “Some children have pain or swelling where a shot was given, a rash or a fever. These reactions are usually mild and resolve on their own without needing treatment.”

You can use a washcloth to cool the area if there is any reddening, soreness, or swelling after the shot. A cool sponge bath is a good idea if your child has fever. A non-aspirin pain relief medication can be used if your doctor approves. After getting shots, some children may eat less or be more fussy. Your child should drink plenty of water. Call your doctor if you have any concerns.

“Shots can be stressful,”Dr. Wharton. “But you can ease your child’s discomfort. And keeping your child up to date on vaccines is the best way to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.”

Learn more about childhood vaccinations call 800-CDCINFO (800-234-4636).