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A Child's First Vaccines: All Your Questions Answered

Updated: Sep 17, 2019



You are just getting used to your little one’s presence in your life and its already time for her first vaccine. While it might be terrifying to know that your little one would be introduced to the pain of an injection so early in life, it is important for the overall well-being of your little one. A vaccine prepares your baby’s body to fight against several deadly diseases and ensures that your little one grows into a healthy adult. Therefore, it is important to follow the advice of your baby’s doctor and get your little one all the vaccines she needs without missing out on the schedule. Some important vaccines to ensure that your little one gets during the first few days are to help your baby’s body fight measles, polio, tetanus, and whooping cough.


1. Feed and comfort:

Ensure that your little one is well-fed and rested before you take her out for a vaccine. This would make sure that the baby is more relaxed and less cranky, something that is essential to be done with the vaccination process fast. Imagine that the baby’s appointment is fixed around the time that the baby usually falls asleep, the baby would be restless and desperate for comfort that would make her sleep, but then you give her an injection that adds to her woes and makes her all the more restless.


This would be a difficult situation to handle right? So, keep her sleep and feeding patterns in mind while you fix that appointment and keep your little one relaxed so that you can protect her from the deadly diseases without stressing her out during the vaccination process.


2. Stay calm:

Infants pick on non-verbal cues better than we do. This means that your little one can sense your nervousness way before a grown-up person can. So, try and stay calm through the vaccination process, to make sure that your baby does not panic seeing you. Meditate and calm yourself even before you step out from your house, play a game with your little one on your way to the doctor, and keep them in a playful mood throughout! This would ease the job of the doctor and also help your baby fight the fears of visiting the doctor.


3. Request anesthesia:

Most pediatricians have anesthesia available and would provide your baby with one if you request it. You may ask your doctor for a topical anesthetic which can be applied to the skin of your infant a few minutes before the vaccination. This would desensitize the area and keep your baby away from pain. However, it would be ideal to try the first vaccination without a pain killer or anesthesia, to understand your little one’s pain threshold better.


4. Talk to the doctor:

Talk to the doctor to understand the schedule, process, and after reactions of vaccination on your little one. The pediatrician should be able to wash away all your fears and answer any concerns you might have about the vaccination your little one needs to take.


5. Relax with Massage:

Take your baby for a relaxing massage or a hydrotherapy session where the baby is relieved of any physical or emotional stress. A professional infant massage would relieve the baby’s pain, soothe the muscles, and keep them in a relaxed and happy state, which is essential while you take her out for vaccinations. Regular infant massage has also proven to build immunity, boost the cardiovascular system, enhances the functioning of the lungs and digestive system that would help her grow into a well-rounded adult.


You may also gently massage your little one’s body, especially around the legs after the injection. This will increase the blood flow across the body and reduce the sensation of pain the infant experiences after the vaccination.


6. Distract from pain:

Take your baby’s favorite toy with you to the doctor, keep her distracted through the vaccination. Carry her around, pacify her, and help her relax. Make sure your baby is distracted from the pain by engaging her in a game she enjoys or a toy she likes. Also try to keep your little one from looking in the direction of the syringe while the doctor is injecting her, to help the little one from developing a phobia of sharp objects and injections.


These are a few tips we could think of to calm a baby during the first vaccine.


Do you have any more tips that could help your little one during vaccination?

Please share any tips that you know of to soothe an infant when she gets a vaccine, in the comments sections below.

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