It’s hard to watch your kid endure pain, so doctor visits with shots can be a stressful time for both parent and child. Fortunately, a Canadian public health group has combined some of the best pain-reducing advice into two handy pocket guides, one for babies and one for older kids.
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The guide for babies recommends using a topical anaesthetic, and giving the baby a few drops of sugar water. You can also breastfeed before, during and after the shot, or try distracting the little tyke with toys. You can also have your child sitting upright on your lap instead of lying on the exam table.
The guide for kids is similar, highlighting topical anaesthetics and distractions. It also gives some advice about how to talk to your child: Trying to reassure them can backfire if it just makes them think more about the needle.
Both guides suggest that you consider your own state of mind, too, and do some deep breathing to relax yourself if needed. You can find both guides at the link below, along with videos that explain everything in more detail.
Vaccination Pocket Guides [Help Eliminate Pain in Kids & Adults]