This is not to get into the debate about vaccines. As parents, we do what we think is best for our kids. I chose to have my baby vaccinated because that’s what I think is best for his protection. This post is intended to simply give new mamas or mamas-to-be some ideas on what to expect on vaccine day.
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1) Depending on your pediatrician, your baby may get a combination of needles and oral vaccines.
2) The dosage for oral vaccines tend to be either 0.5mL or 1mL. This does not seem a lot but for a 2-month old baby, it is more than what he/she could swallow at a time, so make sure the nurse/doctor would administer it slowly.
Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for my baby. The nurse was doing it too fast so my baby was pushing most of it out of his mouth. He even choked midway — it wasn’t too much of a big deal because we just had to pat his back so he could catch his breath again. My only concern then was he wasn’t able to swallow the full dose. The nurse wasn’t too concerned though, because my baby at least took some of it.
For his second round of vaccines, both my baby and I did much better. This time around, I held my baby and gave the vaccine to him to make sure that he will take all of it. I gave it to him slowly and waited for him to take a little bit then swallow before offering another bit. Then I gave him a bottle of breastmilk to wash it down. My baby took the full dose. Good job, me! 😆
3) Hold your baby when it’s needle time because he/she WILL SCREAM/CRY.
4) Bring your baby’s favorite soothie or a bottle of breastmilk/formula to help calm him/her down.
5) Baby may get extra cuddly on vaccine day. Enjoy!
6) Baby may get extra lethargic on vaccine day. Snuggle him/her.
7) Baby may develop a low-grade fever within 24-48 hours after getting vaccinated.
Consult with your doctor if you may give him/her a dose of Tylenol or Tempra — there is debate on the impact of pain relievers on the effectiveness of vaccines. Some mamas proactively give their babies pain reliever a few minutes before getting their vaccines to help them manage the pain.
8) Baby’s legs may get sore.
9) Some oral vaccines contain live virus (such as the Rotavirus vaccine). Baby will get rid of it when he/she poops. So mamas, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after every diaper change (7-10 days) — you should already be doing this anyways, but just a reminder — so you don’t risk catching or spreading the virus.
10) Babies need their mamas and lots of hugs on vaccine day!
What’s your baby vaccine story and what tricks do you use to help baby manage the pain from needles? Leave a reply or let me know on Insta @happymamahappybaby.ca / Twitter @happymama_blog