Babies are prone to diseases the most, as their immunity isn’t developed enough to combat against diseases. Until the age of two, your child will be visiting the pediatrician constantly for vaccinations. They receive up to 12 vaccines and some are given to the child in multiple dosages. However, it is common for children to experience side effects of vaccination.

Do you know how to care for your child after vaccination?

Being aware of the side effects is the first step. Usually, the side effects are short lived.

Common Side Effects

  • Redness, Soreness, Swelling in the area of the shot (Immediate Reaction)
  • Flu Symptoms

-Mild Fever, Headache

-Fatigue, Loss of Appetite

-Crankiness/Crying

-Diarrhea

How to care for your child?

It is very necessary to be more alert than usual and provide your child with a lot of love and care.

  • Ensure your child consumes a lot of water after the vaccination.
  • Swelling, Soreness or Redness – Move the limbs or compress the area with a warm cloth and give the child a painkiller advised by the doctor. Aspirin must be strictly avoided.
  • Mild Fever- If your child experiences a mild fever (below 104 degree); dress your child lightly and give the prescribed medication.
  • Other Flu Symptoms- Tend to your child accordingly and give the right medication with the consent of your child’s medical advisor.

Rare Side Effects

-Serious Allergy

-Itching

-Rashes

-Swelling around mouth and face

-Trouble breathing

-Low Blood Pressure

  • High Fever
  • Convulsions/Seizures
  • Constant Crying (Beyond 3hrs)

If the child suffers from one these rare side effects get immediate medical help.

Besides being aware and caring for your child post-vaccination, there are a few measures that might help to reduce the side effects and help ease the pain of the vaccination for your child.

Relax– It has been proven that parents take 50% credit for the distress caused to the child, during vaccination. Relax and realize the pain doesn’t last long. This way your child is more relaxed during vaccination which in turn, helps with reducing the pain of the vaccination.

Breastfeed your Child– Breastfeeding your child during vaccination or after is advised but preferably after.

Sugar– It has been proven sugar helps children especially, below 6 months of age to reduce the vaccination pain. Give your child sugar water before vaccination and see how well it works for your child.

Hold your Baby– Holding your baby during the vaccination has been told to ease the pain.

Numbing Medicine– You can ask the doctor if tablets or an ointment to numb the area of the vaccination are available or is advisable.

Combination Shots– It is possible to combine vaccinations for multiple diseases into one shot.

Distracting your Child– You can distract your baby with a toy or anything that gains the child’s attention and help ease the pain of the vaccination.

Follow the prescribed vaccination schedule given to your child and make yourself aware of the side effects and how to tend to your child’s post vaccination needs. Vaccinations are of utmost importance, the side effects usually last only for a while but helps keep the disease away forever.

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