Keeping Baby Calm During Vaccinations
Vaccination time is a daunting one for both mom and baby. Moms hate seeing their baby cry, or putting him in pain for something he doesn't understand. Baby has no idea what's going on, until suddenly someone puts something in his arm. I would cry too. However, there are many ways that moms can reduce the pain of vaccinations for their child.
Breastfeeding is the best option. It calms both mother and child, as it distracts the baby, who is concentrating on eating when he notices the needle. Babies also take behavioral cues from their parents, and if mom is calmly breastfeeding, just like at home, the baby may not even realize that he is in pain.
For those who have trouble breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about motilium domperidone, a stomach prescription medication that also helps to increase breast milk production.
If breastfeeding doesn't work to ease your baby's pain, try the Five S's, a calming technique created for those who can not breastfeed. Try swaddling your baby tightly, being laid sideways or on their stomach while awake, shushing, swinging back and forth, and sucking on something (a soother works great). All of these acts help to soothe your baby. Many of them subconsciously remind him of his time in the womb. When he was growing in your belly, he experienced a ‘symphony of sensations, noise, jiggly movements and touching.' The Five S's try to replicate those feelings as a calming measure.
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