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Make immunizations less painful for both you and your child
According to a new study, most parents feel distress when watching their child get immunized. Here are some quick tips for a less painful immunization visit:
- Know that it’s o.k. if you get anxious
- Try to stay calm for your child
- Hold and talk to your child during the immunization
- Make funny faces or use a favorite toy to distract your child
- Apply a cold cloth if the immunization site is red; apply heat if it is sore but not red
- Breastfeed your infant or give a bottle after the immunization
- Ask your healthcare professional about possible after effects from the immunization and how to minimize them
- Ask your healthcare professional about combination vaccines (immunizations that protect against two or more diseases in a single immunization), which can reduce the number of immunizations your child gets
Get the most out of each visit with us!
For example, make a list of questions to bring with you. If you are having your child immunized, you may want to ask:
- What diseases will these immunizations prevent?
- How will my child feel after the immunization? What can I do to help my child?
- Which immunizations will my child have at the next visit?
- How can I reduce the number of immunizations my child gets each visit?
Keep track of your medications and/or your child’s immunizations
Children have 20 or more immunizations before age 2 to prevent 11 serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Here are ways to make sure your child gets them all:
- Ask your healthcare professional to give you an immunization card for your child
- Also ask your healthcare professional to add all immunizations your child receives
- Bring the immunization card with you to every visit
Take charge of your health!
What can I do to take care of my health if I have a chronic illness?
It’s important to understand that your chronic illness is a serious problem. If you don’t believe this, you’ll never be motivated to manage your illness effectively. Managing your illness involves making lifestyle choices and using prescribed medical treatments to be as healthy as possible. Unless you take care of your body, your chronic illness can cause more problems in the future.
When you have a chronic health problem, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless, as if the illness has taken over your life. For example, you may need to take daily insulin injections, use an inhaler or monitor your blood pressure. However, you can take steps to control the negative effects of a chronic illness on your health. One method of taking control is called “self-management.”
What is self-management of chronic illness?
Self-management of chronic illness means that you take responsibility for doing what it takes to manage your illness effectively. It’s important for you to be responsible for your health because the treatment recommendations your doctor makes won’t do any good unless you follow them. He or she can’t make decisions for you or make you change your behavior. Only you can do these things.
In self-management, you and the staff at the North Bay Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic are partners in care. They can provide valuable advice and information to help you deal with your illness. However, the treatment plan that works best for one person with your condition won’t necessarily work best for you. Talk to your Nurse Practitioner about the different treatment options available and help him or her create a plan that’s right for you. After all, nobody knows more than you do about your feelings, your actions and how your health problems affect you.
As part of self-management, it’s also your responsibility to ask for the help you need to deal with your illness. This support can come from friends and family members, as well as from the clinic or a support group for people with your health problem.
How can self-management help a person who has a chronic illness?
Once you’ve decided to take an active role in managing your illness, you and your health care provider(s) can work together to set goals that will lead to better health. These goals will be part of an overall treatment plan.
Pick a problem. Take an honest look at the unhealthy aspects of your lifestyle. Start with a particular behavior that you’d like to change in order to have better control of your illness. For example, you might decide that you don’t eat enough vegetables, get enough exercise or take your medicines as your health care provider tells you to.
Get specific. Once you’ve identified a problem, state a specific goal for dealing with it. The more specific your goal is, the more likely you are to succeed. For example, instead of saying, “I’m going to exercise more,” decide what kind of exercise you’ll do. Be specific about what days of the week you’ll exercise and what times you’ll exercise on those days. Your new goal might be: “During my lunch hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I’m going to walk 1 mile in the park.”
Plan ahead. After you’ve stated your goal, think of things that could go wrong and plan how you’ll deal with them. For example, if it rains and you can’t go to the park, where will you go to walk? If you plan how to handle problems in advance, they won’t prevent you from meeting your goals.
Check your confidence level. Ask yourself, “How confident am I that I’ll be able to meet this goal?” If the answer is “Not very confident,” you may need to start with a more realistic goal.
Follow up. As you’re working toward your goal, check in regularly with the clinic to let them know how you’re doing. If you’re having trouble following the plan, talk to the staff at the clinic to figure out why. Your setbacks can be learning experiences that help you make a new plan for success.
One of the most important things to remember is that you can change your behavior. Even though your illness makes you feel helpless at times, if you work with us to set goals and you take responsibility for following through with them, you can make changes that will lead to better health.