Get your kids immunized at your pediatric care center

Pediatric care in Gastonia, NC

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and your pediatric care center is a good place to get your child immunized. Any vaccine available in Gastonia, NC has already been tested and found to be safe, and to be effective for 85 to 95 percent of children. The vaccination schedule is often a source of needless alarm, as it seems like your baby is getting exposed to a lot of vaccines in a short time. However, your baby’s immune system will get far more of a workout from everyday exposure to household dust and the dirt in the backyard, and all the different species of bacteria therein, than from vaccines that have been carefully formulated to help your baby build up a defense against one specific organism. If you have any questions about the diseases that vaccines guard against or the safety of the vaccines themselves, ask your pediatric care specialist.

(And if you’re wondering who not to listen to, here’s a hint: anybody who uses the phrase “Big Pharma” when talking about vaccines is someone you can safely ignore. Not because pharmaceutical companies are motivated by altruism, but because vaccines, which are needed only once or a few times in a patient’s life, are among the least profitable medicines in the industry. They do indirectly benefit “Big Pharma,” but only because living people sometimes get sick and dead people never do.)

Helping your baby stay calm through the process

The thing to remember about babies is that they can’t tell what’s going on, but they can tell how you feel about it. If you’re anxious or upset, they’ll be anxious and upset and won’t handle it nearly as well. If you can stay calm and cheerful, then as far as your baby is concerned, the pediatric care facility will be just another new place where you feel comfortable.

Bring a toy or blanket that your baby often uses for comfort. Be sure to praise your baby after the shots. If there is any redness, soreness or swelling afterward, you can use a cool, damp washcloth to ease the discomfort until the symptoms go away on their own. Keep very careful records of every shot your baby gets.

A pediatric care center in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a pediatric care center conveniently located west of Charlotte. It is one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia area, has served three generations of families with personalized care and offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If you need a pediatric care center, call today.