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Vaccinations are
necessary to keep baby
healthy as they grow.
Sometimes, babies can
have adverse reactions
to the injections.
Here are some ways
to alleviate the
symptoms.
Side Efects
Whenever you take your child to get an
immunization, they make you aware of
the risks and potential reactions your child
might have
.
Most are mild and related to
the process
.
Headaches
Your child may develop
a headache from certain vaccinations
.
For
a baby this may be characterized by high
-
pitched crying
.
Doctors recommend using
over
-
the
-
counter pain relievers such as
Tylenol to ease the pain
.
Injection site reaction
Tere
can also be a localized reaction on the skin
at the point of injection
.
Tis can include
swelling, redness, rash and pain
.
Again
you can give them Tylenol for the pain
.
A
soothing bath may also stop the swelling
.
Fever
A child may also experience
fever from one or more of their
vaccinations
.
A cool bath can make
them feel better when they are hot
.
Cool
compresses on their forehead may help
break the fever as well
.
Diarrhea
If this occurs, try giving
your baby more fuids
.
Babies that
breastfeed ofen will feed more afer
reactions to immunizations
.
If they are not
breastfed and can
'
t keep down formula,
try Pedialyte to replenish fuid levels in the
body
.
Sometimes, plain water in the bottle
can work to introduce more fuids back
into the body
.
Let your doctor know if your
baby starts to get dehydrated
.
If there is a reaction to the immunization it
will occur usually within one to three days
afer the injection
.
Fussy crying that can
'
t be
soothed is a sign
.
Call your doctor and let
them know what is going on
.
Tey can advise
what dosage of pain reliever to give your
child based on their age and medical history
.
Serious side efects are not common
.
Vaccinations are safe and have been tested
.
If your child sufers from many allergies,
however, be sure to make your doctor
aware before vaccinations occur
.
If an
adjustment needs to be made they can
do so, but the chances of anything overly
serious happening as a result of being
vaccinated are rare
.
Sometimes,
plain water in
the bottle can work
to introduce more
fuids back into
the body.
There are no cures for
viruses. We just have to treat
the symptoms. Vaccinations
can reduce the incidence of
these diseases ever occurring
to your child.