Pain-free injections in babiesPPain-free injections in babiesPain-free injections in babiesEnglishPain/AnaesthesiaNewborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)BodyNervous systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2013-11-08T05:00:00ZAnna Taddio, BScPhm, MSc, PhD9.0000000000000059.0000000000000465.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Advice for parents on how to make injections as easy and pain-free as possible for their babies.</p><p> <em>For the page on Painfree injections in children over one year of age click <a href="/Article?contentid=990&language=English">here</a>​.</em></p>​​​​​​​​​ <p>Vaccinations will protect your child from harmful infectious diseases. Vaccines must be given with a needle, which causes pain; this experience can be stressful for both babies and parents.</p><p>Below are some methods you can use to help reduce the pain and anxiety associated with having your baby vaccinated. </p> <span class="asset-image-title">Reduce the pain of vaccination in babies</span> <div class="asset-video"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5Oqa1Fag5eQ?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Vaccines are given with a needle, which causes pain, this can be stressful for both babies and parents.</li> <li>There are methods you can use to help reduce the pain and anxiety your baby feels when they have injections.</li> <li>Before the injection or vaccination you can: use a topical anaesthetics; distract your baby; and/or use sugar water. </li> <li>During the injection or vaccination you can: hold your baby; breastfeed your baby; and stay calm. <br></li> </ul><h2>Planning ahead</h2> <p>Before your baby’s vaccination appointment, discuss your plan for pain reduction with your doctor so they can support you in this plan. All of the information below is based on scientifically proven research done by experts at SickKids and across Canada.</p><h2>During the vaccination</h2><h3>Hold your baby</h3><p>Holding your baby helps to provide comfort during the vaccination process, and will also help them to remain still. </p><h3>Breastfeed your baby</h3><p>Like giving sugar water, breastfeeding before, during and after vaccination reduces perceived pain. Breastfeeding provides the benefits of distraction, holding and sweet taste, which all work to soothe your baby.</p><h3>Stay calm</h3><p>If you are feeling anxious before and during your baby’s vaccination, this might increase feelings of anxiety in your baby. Even though you may feel stress related to vaccination, try your best to remain calm; use your normal speaking voice, and take slow, deep breaths.</p><p>For more detailed information on the suggestions given above, please download the handout: <a href="/En/HealthAZ/TestsAndTreatments/GivingMedication/Documents/Pain-free%20Injections%20in%20Babies%20EN.pdf">Pain-free injections in babies</a>.</p><h2>Before the vaccination</h2> <h3>Use of topical anaesthetics</h3> <p>Topical anaesthetic creams or gels may be applied to the area where your child will receive their vaccine, in order to reduce pain. In Canada, these products are available over the counter; they must be applied between 30 to 60 minutes prior to injection. It is important to discuss this option with your doctor, and to ensure that the anaesthetic gel or cream does not contain any ingredients that your child is allergic to. </p> <h3>Distract your baby</h3> <p>Take with you any items that you can use to distract your baby during their vaccination. These items might include toys, pacifiers or bubbles. You can also sing, talk or direct your baby’s attention to other things in the room in order to distract them from any pain that they might be experiencing. </p> <h3>Sugar water</h3> <p>Giving your baby a small amount of sugar water before vaccination has been shown to reduce perceived pain. You can make sugar water by mixing one packet of sugar with two teaspoons of water. Using a syringe or dropper, place the sugar water one drop at a time, into the side of your baby’s mouth (between the tongue and cheek). You can also dip your baby’s pacifier into the sugar water. Only use sugar water for this purpose. Using water on an ongoing basis is NOT safe in babies.</p>

 

 

Pain-free injections in babies989.000000000000Pain-free injections in babiesPain-free injections in babiesPEnglishPain/AnaesthesiaNewborn (0-28 days);Baby (1-12 months)BodyNervous systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2013-11-08T05:00:00ZAnna Taddio, BScPhm, MSc, PhD9.0000000000000059.0000000000000465.000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Advice for parents on how to make injections as easy and pain-free as possible for their babies.</p><p> <em>For the page on Painfree injections in children over one year of age click <a href="/Article?contentid=990&language=English">here</a>​.</em></p>​​​​​​​​​ <p>Vaccinations will protect your child from harmful infectious diseases. Vaccines must be given with a needle, which causes pain; this experience can be stressful for both babies and parents.</p><p>Below are some methods you can use to help reduce the pain and anxiety associated with having your baby vaccinated. </p> <span class="asset-image-title">Reduce the pain of vaccination in babies</span> <div class="asset-video"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5Oqa1Fag5eQ?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Vaccines are given with a needle, which causes pain, this can be stressful for both babies and parents.</li> <li>There are methods you can use to help reduce the pain and anxiety your baby feels when they have injections.</li> <li>Before the injection or vaccination you can: use a topical anaesthetics; distract your baby; and/or use sugar water. </li> <li>During the injection or vaccination you can: hold your baby; breastfeed your baby; and stay calm. <br></li> </ul><h2>Planning ahead</h2> <p>Before your baby’s vaccination appointment, discuss your plan for pain reduction with your doctor so they can support you in this plan. All of the information below is based on scientifically proven research done by experts at SickKids and across Canada.</p><h2>During the vaccination</h2><h3>Hold your baby</h3><p>Holding your baby helps to provide comfort during the vaccination process, and will also help them to remain still. </p><h3>Breastfeed your baby</h3><p>Like giving sugar water, breastfeeding before, during and after vaccination reduces perceived pain. Breastfeeding provides the benefits of distraction, holding and sweet taste, which all work to soothe your baby.</p><h3>Stay calm</h3><p>If you are feeling anxious before and during your baby’s vaccination, this might increase feelings of anxiety in your baby. Even though you may feel stress related to vaccination, try your best to remain calm; use your normal speaking voice, and take slow, deep breaths.</p><p>For more detailed information on the suggestions given above, please download the handout: <a href="/En/HealthAZ/TestsAndTreatments/GivingMedication/Documents/Pain-free%20Injections%20in%20Babies%20EN.pdf">Pain-free injections in babies</a>.</p><h2>Before the vaccination</h2> <h3>Use of topical anaesthetics</h3> <p>Topical anaesthetic creams or gels may be applied to the area where your child will receive their vaccine, in order to reduce pain. In Canada, these products are available over the counter; they must be applied between 30 to 60 minutes prior to injection. It is important to discuss this option with your doctor, and to ensure that the anaesthetic gel or cream does not contain any ingredients that your child is allergic to. </p> <h3>Distract your baby</h3> <p>Take with you any items that you can use to distract your baby during their vaccination. These items might include toys, pacifiers or bubbles. You can also sing, talk or direct your baby’s attention to other things in the room in order to distract them from any pain that they might be experiencing. </p> <h3>Sugar water</h3> <p>Giving your baby a small amount of sugar water before vaccination has been shown to reduce perceived pain. You can make sugar water by mixing one packet of sugar with two teaspoons of water. Using a syringe or dropper, place the sugar water one drop at a time, into the side of your baby’s mouth (between the tongue and cheek). You can also dip your baby’s pacifier into the sugar water. Only use sugar water for this purpose. Using water on an ongoing basis is NOT safe in babies.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/paine_free_injection_babies.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/paine_free_injection_babies.jpgpainfreeinjectionsPain-free injections in babies

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