Tips for making immunisation easier

Try the following tips to make your baby's immunisation easier for both of you.

Before the appointment

  • Bring your Well Child Tamariki Ora book and make sure the doctor or nurse fills in the details, so that you have a record of your baby's immunisations.
  • Allow 20 minutes for waiting in the clinic after your child has been immunised, and bring any food or drink your child will need in this time.
  • If you are nervous, bring a family member or friend with you for support.
  • Babies under 12 months have most immunisations in the thigh.  For your appointment, choose clothes that you can remove or roll up easily.
  • Children with asthma, allergies or who are recovering from an illness such as a common cold can still be immunised.  Ask your doctor or nurse if you're not sure.
  • Bring a favourite rattle, toy or book along as a distraction for older babies.

At the appointment

  • Ask the doctor or nurse if you have any concerns or worries
  • Tell the doctor or nurse how your baby reacted to any previous immunisations
  • Breastfeeding your baby while they are being immunised helps reduce the pain and will comfort them through the process.  Ask the nurse or doctor if they have somewhere private you can breastfeed the baby after the immunisation.
  • Talking with and cuddling your baby will help distract them from the injection and soothe them afterwards.
  • Babies and children can tell when their parents are anxious.  Your child will look to you for comfort and reassurance.
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