Click here to download your vaccination schedule for children from birth to 12 years old, incorporating both the private and the public sector:
Handy tips when taking your child for vaccinations:
- Stay calm and be strong. When you’re anxious, your baby tends to be more anxious as well, and may cry more than usual.
- Distract your little one while he’s getting his shots. Get Dad to pull some funny faces at him, sing a familiar song to your little one, take a mobile with, which you can hang above him, or shake a rattle to distract him.
- With older children, asking them to close their eyes and talk about their favourite cartoon character can work wonders.
- If you’re breastfeeding, feed your little one while he’s getting his shots, or place him onto your breast immediately after he gets his vaccinations – this is comforting for both Mom and Baby.
- Don’t administer pain and fever medication directly after the vaccination. Rather wait and see if Baby develops a fever of 38 degrees or more before administering the medication.
- Although your little one may cry a little bit, he’ll be very forgiving once you distract him with kisses and cuddles.