There are lots of things you can do to reduce the pain and stress of having your baby's jabs done. Firstly, you should know that if you are nervous or anxious, the babies will pick up on it and it could make them more agitated and fretful. If you are calm, softly spoken and make baby feel secure, they will be more inclined to settle and will feel less pain.
So, to avoid your anxiety, here are a few tips:
Dolls and Teddies all over the country are being called upon to help little ones get through the discomfort and soreness of having jabs! Its a great way to prepare your toddler or pre-schooler for having dreaded injections and it really can help! Role play can make a trip to the doctor more familiar, prepare even the littlest children for injections and prevent them being too traumatised about it.
All you need is lots of willing dollies and stuffed toys, some old bandages and a doctor or nurses outfit if you have one. Show your little one how to wrap up poorly arms and legs with bandages. Use real cotton wool and plasters if you can spare some. This makes them feel more grown up and makes the items more familiar for when they go into the doctor's surgery for their own injection.
Make sure you pretend to settle the dolls, calm them and say nice things to them... get your toddler doing the same. If you have a doctor's set, get that out too and play with all the bits and pieces. When you're finished, don't forget to award the patients some stickers for being so good!
If your child is a bit older or understands more, explain an injection by saying its medicine to stop them from being poorly. Tell them all children must have the medicine and it shows how grown-up they're getting. Have a few chocolate buttons ready - tell them they're going to get them if they're brave - and make sure you don't forget to hand them over immediately after the jab.
It is important to prepare them. After all, even toddlers understand so much, but make sure there are plenty of cuddles and kind words when its over... and not forgetting the all important chocolate buttons for you both!
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