Vaccination for your baby
Jun 30, 2021, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
As a parent, one of the most important things you will do for your child is to have her vaccinated against deadly diseases. By doing this in a timely fashion, you are protecting your child against several severe conditions.
What Care Should I Take When My Child Has Vaccinations?
After your child has had her vaccinations, here are a few things that you might observe, and can take care of at home:
Swelling: Post-vaccination, your child might have some swelling at the site of the shot. Apply an ice pack to soothe her. But avoid applying ice directly to the site as it can further irritate the skin already inflamed. Instead, rub the ice between your palms and gently pat the site until she feels relaxed. Repeat this 2 – 3 times a day
Fever: A fever is a common occurrence post some vaccinations. If your child has had one of those vaccines, your pediatrician might prescribe fever medication before you leave the clinic. However, make sure you give only the necessary dosage. Is a fever an indicator of the vaccine being effective? No! Remember that not all vaccines cause a fever
Mama, I need attention!: Getting a shot is a painful affair for your child, not just the physical pain, but the overall experience. So offer a lot of comforts when you're back home. Give in to her demands for attention and do some fun activities together.
District: The key is to distract her from the "big monster" looming in her mind – the injection. Listen to some music together, and if she feels up to it, dance a little! Snuggle up with her favorite picture books and tell her stories. Visit grandparents or close friends if possible. She will soon forget all about the shot!
I'm not hungry!: Losing appetite post vaccinations is quite normal. But don't let your child stay without eating for a long time. Offer small snacks or light meals, and keep her hydrated by giving her lots of fluids. Make her favorite smoothie or a glass of Lassi. If your child is breastfed, feed her at regular intervals. This not only keeps her hydrated but offers much-needed comfort and security.
Let her rest: Don't force your child to keep moving if she's in pain or her upper thigh (where the shot was given) is swollen. You need to be concerned about her mobility only if she seems to be having difficulty even two days post the vaccination
Painless vaccines and combination shots: When you make a visit for vaccinations, speak to the pediatrician about painless vaccinations and combination shots. Sometimes, a couple of different vaccines are available as combination shots, which will help reduce the discomfort (lesser shots = lesser discomfort, right?)
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Dr. Narmada Ashok, Director and Consultant Pediatrician
Director and Consultant Pediatrician, Nalam Medical Centre & Hospital
| Jun 30, 2021
My wife has not fully recovered from the delivery(C-Section). There is some weakness. It has been 46 days since delivery(2 fibroids were also removed). We are little hesitant to go for Covid vaccine for her. Is it fine to take Covid vaccine once the weakness goes away for her. Please ignore it this is not the right question as per the meeting agenda.
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| Jun 26, 2021
How long Vaccination can be delayed for babies? Will it have an impact if we go in for catch up Vaccination to avoid frequent visits to the hospital? My baby is now 8 months complete.