There aren’t many people who think that getting an injection is fun, but what can you do if your foster children are very afraid of getting shots? It’s a common struggle for many families, and the issue may come up more often now in the age of COVID-19. Take a look at these suggestions for talking with your foster children about vaccines and other shots they may need.
How To Help Your Foster Children Feel More Comfortable Getting Shots:
Kids used to get most of their shots before the age of two, when they were unlikely to remember much. That situation may have changed now with COVID-19, and greater concern about flu shots and possible future issues. Overall, it’s important to be honest. There’s no point telling your foster child they won’t feel a thing when they actually will. You can help by staying positive and calm. Maybe hold their hand and bring along their favorite comfort objects. Distractions and rewards are always good too. If your foster child is especially anxious, make sure you let your pediatrician and their staff know, so they can be prepared to make the experience as painless as possible.
Other Suggestions for Foster Parents:
Some vaccines are available in other forms such as nasal sprays, so it’s always worth checking with your doctor to see if there is a substitute that would be just as effective. You may also be able to schedule multiple shots in one visit, so your foster child can get it over with quicker. Being informed can reduce fears too. Have an age appropriate conversation about how vaccines work. Finally, make sure you’re getting any essential information from reputable sources, including your foster care agency and your family doctor.
Contact us at 2INgage for all the information and services you’ll need to become a foster parent. We are a nonprofit agency serving vulnerable children and families as a Single Source Continuum Contractor for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.