LIKELY BEHAVIOR OF CHILD BY AGE:

CHILD'S AGE

 

LIKELY BEHAVIOR

 

COMFORT MEASURES AFTER IMMUNIZATIONS

 

2 mo. to 1 yrs.

 

May get angry at being stuck with a needle.  Will cry as long as pain lasts.  Will stop crying when pain goes away.

 

Holding, cuddling, nursing, talking softly.

 

1 to 3 yrs.

 

Tuned into their environment.  May cry if hearing other children cry.

 

Likes to be held.  Also likes to get a treat for doing something good.

 

Pre-schooler

 

Picks up on parents' feelings.  If you get anxious or calm, so will your child.  Doesn't like having skin broken.

 

Likes a band-aid.  Likes praise, hugs, treats.

 

Teen

 

May act "cool," but may feel very emotional.  Of all ages, teens may be the ones to faint.

 

Reassurance, praise, and humor.

Congratulations!  You have taken a big step to protect your child