Vaccination is necessary to prevent the baby from diseases but it is quite a painful process and hurts the kid. It upsets you, being a mother, as well as the child. You cannot ease the pain but you can definitely confirm him after the vaccination. Keep yourself free for some time. The baby may demand more attention than usual. Skin to skin can be a good idea to make him feel better. Dads can also comfort their babies by cuddling and playing with him.
Here is a list of five ways which can prove to be helpful in soothing your baby after the vaccination process:
1. Hold your baby close to yourself
Once the vaccination is done, immediately lift up your baby and hold him/her close to you. Keep rubbing the vaccinated area gently to make him/her feel comfortable. Holding the baby in your arms, close to your chest can do wonders and relieve him/her from pain in some time.
2. Try to distract the baby
The more one thinks about the pain, the more it hurts. Distracting his/her attention from the vaccination towards something else makes him/her forget the pain s/he just went through. Give him/her toys or take him/her outside to show him/her plants, birds etc. The babies enjoy looking at such objects and stop crying, forgetting the discomfort.
The saying that food can lighten you up and make you forget all your worries is applicable to babies as well. Feeding the little one can help in reducing the pain. The breast milk is said to contain pain relieving hormones which relieve the baby from pain and sleep peacefully.
4. Numbing cream
Various creams are available in the market which can be used to reduce the pain after vaccination. Sprays can also be used to make the skin numb. They have a cooling effect and works within a few seconds. You can ask your doctor for such creams.
5. Some sugar
Sugar has proved to reduce the pain of vaccination in babies. Giving some sugar to the baby before going through the vaccination process or putting a sugar syrup filled dropper in their mouth which s/he can suck during vaccination can be helpful. They wouldn’t pay much attention to the process and feel less pain.
When babies are taken for vaccination, it is mostly observed that the mother ends up getting scared and tensed. You need to focus on comforting the baby and understand that vaccinations are necessary for their good health. The baby may also get a fever after vaccinations. That is normal and will subside in a day or two. All you need to do is, stay strong and help your little one in relieving his pain.