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During Vaccination: For Babies and Younger Children

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-Distract and comfort your child by cuddling, singing, or talking softly.
-Smile and make eye contact with your child. Let your child know that everything is ok.
-Comfort your child with a favorite toy or book. A blanket that smells familiar will help your child feel more comfortable.
-Hold your child firmly on your lap, whenever possible.
-Once your child has received all of the shots, be especially supportive.
-Hold and cuddle your child. A soothing voice, combined with praise and hugs will help reassure the child that everything is okay.

Additionally, babies can be soothed through swaddling, skin-to-skin contact, and breastfeeding. If older than 6 months, babies can also be given a sweet beverage.

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

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