A new school year brings lots to look forward to. Kids will learn new things and make new friends. They can try a new sport or join a club.
Starting school also means getting booster shots.
School shots are important. They keep dangerous diseases, like mumps or whooping cough, from spreading. Ask your doctor or school which shots your kids need, or click here to check the Department of Health website.
For some kids, shots can be scary, but there are ways for you to help your child stay calm.
You can help relax your child when it’s time to get their shots. Babies need to nap and eat before their doctor visit. Cuddle them after or give them a toy. Tell younger kids about the visit on the day you go. Don’t use scary words like “shot” or “hurt.” Let older kids ask you questions. Help them breathe slowly while they get their shot. Make sure that you stay calm too!
Read about more ways to make school shots not so scary here.