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Parenting Now: Preparing your child for vaccinations

Preparing your child for vaccination

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As a parent, it’s never easy seeing your child fret over getting a shot or feeling pain from it, but there are things you can do to help prepare your child for their COVID-19 vaccination or any other shots as part of a wellness checkup.

“It’s not uncommon for kids to be anxious about getting a vaccination,” pediatrician Dr. Pilar Bradshaw said and advised parents to treat the COVID-19 vaccine like you would any other vaccination.

Many parents wonder whether it is better to talk about shots ahead of time or to “spring” it on them. Dr. Bradshaw encourages parents to prepare their child for their vaccination rather than “Surprise, you’re getting a shot!”

 

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