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Newborn Baby Vaccines - Side Effects, Precautions & Soothing Tips

Urvashi Shah
0 to 1 years

Created by Urvashi Shah
Updated on Nov 13, 2019

Newborn Baby Vaccines Side Effects Precautions Soothing Tips

Do you know that vaccinations are quite important for your 0-12 months baby’s healthy growth and development? Once you have your tiny little bundle of joy wrapped up in your arms, the doctors will take him/her away for countless vaccines, which are necessary. In the first 24 hours of your baby, he/she will be immunized with a number of vaccines. It will be hard to see your baby get a vaccine injection but that is important to protect your child against any sort of virus and disease. So you must know what are the first few vaccinations that are important for your child. [CheckBaby Immunization Vaccines for 0-5 Years Child

Recommended Vaccines for Newborn Babies & Infants

Did you also know that the list of important vaccinations given to you by your pediatrician is a handy guide to make you aware of all the vaccinations required by your newly born baby? Here are the vaccines which are given to your newborn before you leave the hospital and head out home -

  1. BCG Vaccine: This vaccination has been made mandatory under the National Immunization Schedule, and is administered on your baby’s upper arm right after the day he or she was born. This vaccine prevents the infant from contracting tuberculosis (TB). In fact, this is one vaccination that is given to Indian-babies born in the middle east as well.
  2. Vitamin K injection: This isn’t a vaccine but more of a vitamin-dose administered through an injection. It has become a standard procedure to give babies this dose soon after birth, as Vitamin K plays a significant role in blood clotting. A small percentage of babies are at the risk of suffering from Vitamin K deficiency resulting in bleeding or even internal hemorrhage. In order to avoid this, babies are given a shot of Vitamin K soon after birth
  3. Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV): Also referred to as zero doses, this vaccine’s first dose is given to your newborn the next day he/she is born and helps your child from contracting polio. Your infant will be getting injectable polio vaccine at the doctor’s appointments which will be between six and eight weeks of his/her birth
  4. Hepatitis Vaccine: In order to protect your child against the Hepatitis virus, which is a viral disease, he/she will be getting a mandatory Hepatitis vaccine after birth. It will be given to your child via injection

​Booster Doses of Vaccines

Apart from the above-mentioned vaccinations, there will be numerous booster doses that are administered to your baby over a specific period of time. So do keep a tab of that get newborn baby and infants vaccinated as and when needed as per the list of vaccinations given to you by your baby’s pediatrician. [Must CheckHere Is Birth to 18 Months Child Vaccination Chart]

Are There Any Vaccination Side Effects in Child?

No, there are no side effects of the vaccines. However, there may be a small mark as a result of the BCG Vaccination. In fact, if you look at your upper arm, you also have that injection mark from the BCG vaccination. 

Ways to Soothe Baby After Vaccination Shot?

It is only natural for a little one to cry after being injected with the essential vaccines. The best possible way to soothe your cranky child is to breastfeed him/her which will assure skin-to-skin contact. If you are not breastfeeding your child, then just keep him/her close to your chest which will calm him/her down soon. [Read - Ways to Reduce Vaccination Pain or Swelling or Redness & more?]

Do not fail to vaccinate your child as and when the time arrives as it only protects him/her from a number of viruses and diseases. Although India has been declared a polio-free country, polio does exist in certain parts of the nation. While your child will be receiving his/her first polio vaccine soon after birth, the next doses or shots will have to carry over a specific time period until your child turns 5-year-old.

Precautions to Keep in Mind after Each Vaccination

While keeping a tab on the dates when polio vaccination is carried out in a nearby hospital or clinic. Although there are no side effects of vaccinations, it is still important to keep in mind a few precautions. Read below

  1. Avoid rubbing the area where the vaccination was administered
  2. The doctor will give you a painkiller, do give that to your child to avoid any discomfort 
  3. Avoid bathing and massaging for the day vaccination was administered

Did you like the blog on vaccinations needed for your babies as well? Do you have any doubt about vaccinations for your child? Do share your views, thoughts in the comments section below, as we would love to hear from you.


6 in 1 Vaccination Awareness

Vaccination Awareness is an education initiative by GSK.

Vaccination plays an important role for each child’s health and wellbeing. But did you know about Combination Vaccination?

Which means combining protection for multiple diseases in a single shot, so your child gets fewer pricks, lesser discomfort while the same protection as they would have with separate vaccines. In fact, combination vaccination offers timely protection against diseases with fewer delays in disease protection, which leads to higher rate of compliance to the immunization schedule and better vaccination coverage.

It could give protection for 6 serious diseases which could be prevented through effective immunization. Diphtheria which is a serious throat infection that could block airways and Pertussis which is also called whooping cough and is a contagious respiratory disease, Combination Vaccination also provides protection from Tetanus, Hib, Hepatitis B and Polio.

While Polio could lead to paralysis and disability, Hepatitis B is a viral infection affecting the liver. Tetanus could lead to muscle spasms and Hib could cause infections like Pneumonia or brain fever.

Combination vaccination is available in several options which cover 3 to 6 of these diseases with just single injection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Combination vaccines reduce the number of shots your child needs while protecting against the same number of serious diseases.

So, when your baby is 0-2 months old, consult your Pediatrician to know more about protection from 6 diseases with combination vaccination.



A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only and does not constitute any medical advice. Please consult your Doctor for more information, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition.

Please consult your physician for the complete list of vaccine preventable diseases and for the complete vaccination schedule for each disease.

The mere appearance of this article on this website/page does not constitute an endorsement by GSK or its affiliates of such website/page or any other articles, images or videos, if any, appearing on this website/page.

CL codes: NP-IN-INH-OGM-200101, DOP Dec 2021

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| Jan 15, 2018

does vaccination done in govt. cover all vaccinations as private hospital does?or they lack somewhere?

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| Jan 16, 2018

is there any difference between govt. and private vaccines?

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| Jan 21, 2018

In private hospitals... No. Of vaccinations are more than govt. My daughter is 7 month old and her all vaccinations has been done in govt. I concerned many pediatrician of army hospital. They said these are enough. We are giving vaccinations which are required in India.

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| Jan 26, 2018

if Ur baby is vaccinated at 6 week 10week 14 week.. is it need to give polio drops which are held by government organisations..

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| Jan 04, 2019

can we put vaccination in govt

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| Jan 15, 2019

pain less vaccine is good for children

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| Jan 30, 2019

MMR and Typhiod vaccines are necessary?

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| Sep 01, 2019

after vaccination my child faces loose motion problem how can i help it

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| Nov 03, 2019

My baby vaccinations was delayed ay problem was that

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