Vaccinations are extremely important, but it’s quite a painful experience for your adorable little one, and seeing your baby in pain might tear at your heart. In other words, not only the baby is in pain but you too!
But, if you’re prepared, knowing fully well that it has lots of benefits for your baby then you’ll be able to handle it, and here are tips on preparing for your baby’s vaccination.
1. Know the benefits of each vaccination
In the first years of their life, your baby will receive quite a few vaccination, so you should make enquiries as to what each one is for. Vaccinations such as BCG, 6 in 1 and Men C to PVC (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine), MMR and Hib, will be given to your child stage by stage until they are 13 months.
2. Have pain-relieve drugs at hand
After the vaccination, your baby may develop a fever and may be in pain so use pain relieve medication to ease their discomfort. Talk to your doctor so he can recommend drugs you can give your child. Do not buy any drugs for your child without asking your doctor first.
3. Know the effects of the vaccination
Each vaccination can give different reactions like fussiness, loss of appetite, vomiting, and/or fever although side effects are rare. The good thing is, the symptoms are mild enough to be treated at home.
4. Know when you shouldn’t bring your child
If your child is still reacting to a previous vaccination do not allow them to get a second dose, until they are better. So if on the scheduled date your child is having a cold, fever or any other illness, you can cancel it and go some other day. Meanwhile, talk to your doctor/nurse about any concern you have.
5. Know what to do if there is a serious reaction
Although serious reactions are rare, they do happen so you need to be aware of them. Extremely high fever, unusual behaviour like stretching…, severe allergic reactions like a sore throat, swelling of the face and throat, increase in heart rate, difficulty breathing, weakness and dizziness can occur, if this happens, take your child straight to the hospital. Don’t stay at home and say you’re watching the symptoms until it’s too late.