How I Made My Baby Immunizations #ad

As soon as the letter fell on the door mat I was worried.

Vaccinations. Already another thing was due! I feel I've spent a lot of the last three years treating my child like a pillow in exchange for a shiny sticker. For him, not me, just to be clear.

(Page Description: Imagine adult life if any unpleasant experience could be resolved with a sticker? Delayed train? Has a sticker. Avocado unexpectedly excessive? Has a sticker. Will sign? Have a SHINY sticker.)

But for children is one of childhood's unpleasant certainties jabs. I remember the first time Freddy had to have some "jabs" when he was little – a few weeks old – and how terrible I felt to bring him could not explain what would happen.

Amy Nickell and her son Freddy who are three

At our doctors, the nurse has a windup toy that she uses to distract the children during the injection. A little yellow bird making a backflip. In Freddy's case you get a sparkle that quickly dissolves in tears with the needle's surprise in and out. Then he is awarded a sticker to be "so brave".

It feels terrible but I know it's the best when the reality of having no injections is at risk for some diseases – jabs are definitely the smaller of these potential evil.

Plus, when Freddy gets older, I can now prepare him so he knows what's going to happen – and there's a big episode of Get well with Dr Ranj – who is also a vocal advocate to have children immunized – explaining immunizations to a CBeebie audience. For us, it was a good way to get Freddy to understand what it's about – and feel a little less discouraged by the thought of a needle.

However, the post-jab scene can be the worst bit of immunizations. I have taken a very happy, healthy baby to the doctor, had the injections and then received a feverish, grizzling, irritable replacement in the evening – but again, I know that I protect him in the long run.

That night always feels very long when I grab to calm him through the worst of it. Now I know Freddy can handle, but sometimes it's nice to have a helping hand. I went to the NHS website and they recommend giving you a dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen after immunization if they develop fever. And that's where Calpol comes in.

To me, Calpol is also nostalgic and takes me back to my bad days outside the school, up in bed and watch TV on tv while everyone else was in school. Calpol helped me feel better when I had fever (plus I used to love the taste!) – It was a silver lining when I did not feel well. I trust the brand because it is quite a part of the family now.

So when Freddy is sick and has a fever, I get Calpol Infant Suspension out of the cabinet to work it's magic. Have you ever tried to give a grumpy baby baby medicine a spoon? It's almost impossible. Something that does not taste OK OK will almost certainly spread out again. But Calpol has mastered a perfect syringe style looking thing that also measures just the right amount so you do not have to worry.

But that's not to say this does not fail sometimes and I'm not sure you can say you're a mom until you've had one of these kicked out of your hand by a sweaty snoby baby that leaves pink sticky go over the whole couch.

Freddy Cuddles

But that's something that Vanish can help and help Freddy to feel better is the best feeling in the world. It does not make you a bad mom to admit that sometimes you need a little helping hand. For us, just as it was for me – we always choose Calpol.

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CALPOL® Infant suspension can be used in infants from 2 months + weighing more than 4 kg and not too early. Contains paracetamol. For pain and fever. Always read the label. UK / CA / 18-12382a