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Immunizations: How to comfort your baby during and after

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The immunization discussion is very personal to each individual family and the intent of this article is not to push my thoughts and feelings about whether or not your should immunize your child onto you.
If you have chosen to immunize your child I wanted to share ideas that have been discussed amongst some mom’s group members on how to comfort your child during and after the injections:
1. Push on the spot that the injection will be placed – this will distract from the upcoming prick of the needle

2. Try nursing during the injections to distract your baby (ask if you can nurse afterwards to calm the baby)

3. Numbing ointments are now available to rub on the injection site prior to the injection being received

4. After the immunizations are received get to a location where your baby can stretch out. Help her move her legs around so that the vaccine doesn’t sit in one spot. This will help reduce swelling and redness

It is always difficult to watch your baby experiencing pain and discomfort. Hopefully this small list of easy things to do will help.

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