Congratulations for being a good parent and bringing your child for immunizations.
This can be a challenging experience for parents and children alike. We understand you might have mixed feelings about being here. We're parents ourselves. Even in our professional roles, we do not like to cause pain to a child.
It helps to remind ourselves that parents and nurses are doing the right thing by immunizing children. Protecting children (from diseases, accidents, etc.) is what being a parent or a nurse is all about.
We will try to help you and your child by:
- Providing the safest, most effective vaccine at the best time.
- Treating you and your child in a caring, positive manner.
- Giving only the needed number of doses.
- Getting you through our clinic in the most efficient way.
YOU, TOO, CAN HELP
Comfort your child. Remember how you felt (and still feel when you see a needle). Keep a positive attitude.
- Talk with your child. Stay calm. Reassure your child that you will stay with and take care of him/her.
- Tell your child what will happen: "The nurse will put a little medicine in your arm with a needle. It will feel like a pinch, but the hurt will go away soon."
- Instead of saying, "I hate this," say positive things such as "This won't take long," "Every child needs immunizations. I had them too, and see how healthy I am!"
- Look and discuss things on the walls or in the room a child can see.
- Understand what you're signing. Read the "Important Information" forms. Ask the nurse any questions you may have. You can help by keeping and bringing immunization records.
AFTER IMMUNIZATION - WHAT TO EXPECT
A child may feel sick after receiving a shot. Here's what you can do to help your child feel better.
- 1.Redness and swelling may occur at the shotYour child may feel better in a warm bath, or a cool pack may be applied to the site.
- 2.Exercise the leg or arm in which the shot was given.
- 3.Hold, rock, and comfort a child that is fretful or irritable.
- 4.Give your child a non-aspirin pain reliever after the shots.
- 5.If your child received the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) shot today, she/he may have a non-contagious rash, or fever, swollen glands around the jaw, or joint aching in 1-2 weeks.
- 6.Call us if you have any questions at 989-673-8116 or 989-673-1680.
- 7.Call your doctor with your immunization (shot) record in hand if:
- your baby's fever lasts longer than 24 hours.
- your baby's fever is higher than 102º when taken in the armpit, 45 minutes after the last dose of acetaminophen.your baby cries or screams for 3 or more hours after the DTaP shot and can't be comforted.
- your baby has a high pitched unusual cry within 48 hours.
- your baby is fretful and irritable for more than 48 hours.
- your baby has a seizure.
Keep your immunization (shot) record in a safe place, and bring it with you every time you bring your child to the doctor or local health department.