Taking some “ouch” out of baby’s shots

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Vaccines are a crucial part of keeping your baby healthy. But, it can be difficult to watch your baby feel the pain of a shot. Don’t put off or skip vaccines that your baby needs. Instead, follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

•  Bring along a favorite item. Does your baby have a “lovey,” a favorite blanket, or a pacifier? When it’s time for the shot, give them the item.

•  Remain calm. Babies can sense stress in your voice and actions. Remember, the pain only lasts a few seconds. It’s well worth it for the many years of protection from disease.

•  Breastfeed if you can. If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you may be able to nurse baby during the shot itself or immediately after. This is often very comforting to babies.

•  Consider juice or sugar. If your baby is over six months, a drink of juice or pacifier dipped in sugar can help calm them. Ask your pediatrician if this is okay. Avoid overdoing this for other stressful situations.

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