Together, you will talk about your child and follow up on previous discussions. You can also talk about being a parent, family life, what your child eats, and child safety. Your child will be examined, weighed, and measured.
Vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis b, and pneumococcus are offered when the child is 12 months old. These are the same vaccinations that were offered when the child was 3 and 5 months old. Your child is given two injections, one in each leg. These are sometimes given at the same time. It is preferable that your child has eaten and is satisfied prior to the vaccination. Your child can be breastfed or bottle-fed during the vaccination. The child can also be given sugar solution. This can make the vaccinations less noticeable to the child. During the vaccinations, the child sits on your lap and can be distracted with soap bubbles or toys, among other things. As a parent, you are a source of safety to your child. If you feel uncertain or have concerns prior to the vaccination, you can speak to the nurse at BVC.