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Health Tip: When Baby Gets a Shot

Suggestions to make vaccination less painful

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(HealthDay News) -- It's crucial to get your infant or child vaccinated against a host of deadly germs. But that doesn't make it less painful for the child or concerned parents.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions to help parents calm a baby or child who needs a shot:

  • Before the shot is given, apply gentle pressure to the skin where it will be given.
  • Keep calm and relaxed yourself. A child can pick up on a parent's anxiety.
  • Talk to the baby in a calm, soothing tone.
  • Embrace your child on your lap, facing you.
  • Offer a distraction, such as a toy. Or sing a song together.


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