How to Care for your Baby after Vaccination

New parents  need to be aware of the different behaviours or changes their babies give post vaccination, and also know how to care for them those times. Nobody likes getting shots when they go to the doctor. But as a parent, it can be even more difficult when it’s time for your baby to receive one. Sometimes a baby will have a mild reaction to a vaccination and might have trouble sleeping as a result.

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Here are reactions that you might get from your baby post vaccination and how to care for them in the home.

Mild Fever

If your child develops a slight fever, try giving him acetaminophen or ibuprofen. This can help reduce a fever and alleviate any pain felt in the location of the shot. Remember to never give aspirin to your baby because of the risk of Reye’s Syndrome. The injection site might also become red and swollen. A cool compress or ice pack applied to the site for approximately 10 to 20 minutes can also provide relief.care for your baby after vaccination

Mild Rash

A mild skin rash might develop 7 to 14 days following the injection, particularly with the chickenpox or measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Though this type of rash can last for several days, it usually disappears on its own without treatment.

Restlessness in your Baby

You might find your baby is more fretful and restless and refuse to eat following a vaccination. If you can keep the commotion down at home, and cuddle and hold your child when he needs it. This will help him or her feel more comfortable and relaxed when it comes to bedtime.

Also, make sure he has plenty of liquids. Keeping the house and the room baby sleeps in at a comfortable temperature will also help, as he’s more likely to be fussy and restless if he’s too warm.

Try to keep in mind that if your baby does become a bit restless in the night that the discomfort is only temporary, and he’s most likely to get right back on track with his sleeping and eating schedule soon.

care for your baby after vaccinationYou can help decrease your baby’s discomfort by making sure he’s comfortable and well-rested when visiting the doctor’s office; and you can use home treatments to help relieve some of the more common minor reactions to vaccinations.

Read Also [ What Parents need to know about Immunization ]

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