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May 5th, 2010, 06:50 AM
~LaNa~'s Avatar Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Montreal , Qc., Canada
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Hello ladies
I'm Lana,new to this msg board but not to JM :]
I have a baby girl who isn't vaccinated even tho she's 2 and a half,almost 3 months.Everytime we take her to the pedi's to get the vaccine she screams bloody murder and the doc thinks she's in pain.However,she calms down the second we leave the office.
I was wondering if u girls have any advice/tricks for me to make her more calm before and during the vaccination.Does Tylenol help?

Also,do u know something about the first vaccine?Is it one shot or more?
Kalina's pedi gives only one shot i was told unlike the CLSC nurses (where ppl usually go for vaccines) who give the same vaccine in 2 shots.
How about ur baby?Was he/she given one of more shots?What's the difference?
Have u heard about this combined vaccine?

Thanks for reading
Have a nice day
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May 5th, 2010, 09:07 PM
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Hi Lana,
Here are some things you can do to help put Kalina at ease and comfort her when she gets their vaccines. Some are good for babies, others for older kids.
  • Stay calm. If your child feels that you are relaxed, they are more lilely to feel safe.
  • Bring your child's lovey, or a favorite toy or book.
  • Hold your child in your lap for the vaccination. There is no rule that says they must be on the doctors table/bed.
  • Give non-aspirin pain relief shortly before the shot.
  • Speak or sing softly and soothingly close to your child's ear during the shots.
  • If you are nursing, breastfeed during or immediately after the shots are administered.
  • Encourage your child to take deep breaths and "blow out" the pain.
  • Tell a story, or ask your child to tell you one.
  • Let them cry! Don't try to force them to "be brave".
  • Reward them afterwards.

As for how many shots she will get, I think you will need to ask her provider, or you could phone Info-Santé 8-1-1. Providers often prefer combination vaccines over separate shots when two or more vaccines are due at the same time; if they can safely be mixed together that's less injections they have to give the child. According to Québec's schedule, she should be getting her first DTaP-Polio-Hib and PCV. I'm pretty sure my baby got that as 2 injections. Maybe Kalina's pedi spaces vaccines out?

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