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Comfort Measures for Infants

Be there for your child during shots.

Before shots:

  • Bring your child’s immunization record.
  • Read vaccine information statements.
  • Ask any questions.
  • Bring along a favorite toy or blanket.
  • Stay calm; your baby picks up your feelings.

During shots, distract and comfort by:

  • Touching soothingly and talking softly.
  • Making eye contact as you smile at your baby.

After shots, comfort by:

  • Holding, cuddling, caressing, or breastfeeding.
  • Talking lovingly and soothingly.
  • Asking your doctor for advice on using a non-aspirin pain reliever when you get home.

At home:

  • Mark your calendar for your next appointment.
  • Review vaccine information statements for possible reactions.
  • A cool wet cloth can reduce redness, soreness, and/or swelling where the shot was given.
  • Observe your child for the next few days. You might see a small rash or notice a fever. If your child has any reaction that concerns you, call your doctor or seek medical attention.
  • To reduce pain or fever, your doctor may recommend you give your child a non-aspirin pain reliever.
  • Also try giving your child a sponge bath with lukewarm water to reduce fever.
  • Give your child plenty of fluids. It is normal if he/she eats less than usual for the next 24 hours.

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