Posts for: August, 2015
Make Your Child’s Shots Less Stressful
August 24th, 2015
National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder
that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.
Vaccines help protect babies and young children against 14 serious diseases before their 2nd birthday. Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it’s hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during, and after a vaccine visit to ease the short-term pain and stress of getting shots.
Read about the shots your child will get in advance. “CDC’s vaccine webpage has a lot of useful information to help parents understand the importance of on-time vaccination,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “You can review this information before your appointment, and then, you can ask your child’s doctor any remaining questions you have about vaccines.”
You may also want to pack a favorite toy, book, blanket or other comfort item to keep your child occupied at the visit. For older children, be honest – shots can pinch or sting, but not for long. Remind them that shots help keep them healthy.
Distract your child with a toy, a story, a song, or something interesting in the room. Make eye contact with your child and smile, talk softly, or sing. Hold your child tightly on your lap, if you can. Take deep breaths with an older child to help “blow out” the pain.
After the shot, hug, cuddle, and praise your child. For babies, swaddling, breastfeeding, or a bottle may offer quick relief. Comfort and reassure older children if they cry.
If you notice redness, soreness, or swelling from the shot, place a clean, cool washcloth on the area. These reactions are usually mild and resolve on their own without needing treatment. If your child runs a fever, try a cool sponge bath.
You can also use a non-aspirin pain reliever if your doctor says it’s OK. Some children eat less, sleep more, or act fussy for a day after they get shots. Make sure your child gets plenty to drink. If you’re worried about anything, call your doctor.
“Remember,” added Dr. Schuchat, “keeping your child up-to-date on vaccines is the best way to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.”
Learn more about childhood vaccines at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
Remember, we are always here to help!
Healthy kids = Happy Kids!
A Healthy Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child
August 14th, 2015
National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines right from the start and throughout our lives.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need our office is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. The theme for this week is “A Healthy Start” and will focus specifically on protecting babies from birth through age 2 though immunization.
“Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness, and of having a severe case,” as reported by the CDC, “Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect your child and others in the community from infectious diseases. Talk to Dr. Kostecke or other health care professional to make sure your child is up to date on all the vaccines he or she needs.”
Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox.
There are many important reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated:
• Immunizations can protect your child from 14 serious diseases before they turn 2 years old.
• Vaccination is very safe and effective.
• Immunizations can protect others you care about.
• Immunization can save your family time and money.
• Immunization protects future generations by reducing the prevalence of serious diseases.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at:
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents or call our office at (248)676-0991.
REMEMBER: We are always here to help, Healthy kids = Happy Kids!