Comfort Measures for Infants
Be there for your child during 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.
- 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.