As toddlers get older, they begin to make the connection between the doctor’s office and vaccines, which can cause fear when it’s time for their visit. Fortunately, there are ways to help your child feel more at ease.
- First, prepare your toddler by telling him what will happen, how it will feel, and discuss strategies for how he can cope with his fears and the pain.
- Humor or distraction might help, too.
- Offering a sugar solution at the time of the injection is recommended only for babies under 6 months of age.
See also ...
- Your child’s vaccine visit
- What to do to ease your child’s fear of shots
- Comforting your child during vaccinations
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