Getting through a round of vaccinations only takes a few minutes, but the anxiety alone can cause children to act out as soon as they learn that they are due to visit the pediatrician. Childhood vaccinations are a necessary and vital part of routine pediatric physicians' visits, but trying to reason with a fearful child is pretty much futile. Use these three tips to make you and your child's next visit to the pediatrician faster, easier and more enjoyable for all parties involved.
1. Choosing The Right Pediatric Doctor's Office - While you will want to choose a pediatrician that has earned the respect of his or her peers and patients, ultimately your child's opinion matters the most. If you choose a pediatric physician who can put your child at ease, the entire process will be less worrisome. Look for a pediatric doctor's office that employs nurses, receptionists and medical professionals that are empathetic and highly professional.
2. Preparing For Post-Vaccination Care - Getting vaccinated can be both scary and painful for small children and toddlers. Since children tend to be more anxious and tense up right before being injected with vaccines, they are more prone to develop swelling and painful knots under the skin. Make sure that you have a doctor approved pain reliever on hand to help reduce your child's discomfort.
Praising your child for a job well done will also help to take his or her mind off of what should only be temporary pain. You can also reward your child for a job well done with a snack, favorite toy or stickers.
3. Discussing Vaccination Schedules - Most pediatric doctors encourage parents to schedule their children's routine wellness check-ups at the same time that they are due back for their next round of vaccines. This can aid you in preparing mentally for your child's next set of vaccination shots as well as make changes if needed. Some parents opt to delay certain vaccinations if they are not necessary for school or daycare, or if their children have strong reactions after a series of vaccinations.
When you work with a pediatrician that your child trusts, you will find the vaccination process to become less stressful over time. Your child will come to look forward to the rewards that come afterward, with his or her reaction to each series of shots becoming less pronounced over time. Talk to your child's pediatrician if you have any special concerns about vaccinations, and ensure that your child's health is always considered first.