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 them. Sometimes a baby after vaccinations may have a mild reaction and might have trouble sleeping as a result.
You can help decrease your baby’s discomfort by making sure he’s comfortable and well-rested when visiting the doctor’s office.
Using home treatments can help relieve some of the more common minor reactions to vaccinations.
Let’s review the best ways to make your little one feel comfortable after receiving their shots.
Caring For Your Baby After Vaccinations
1. Administer pain relief medication
If your child develops a slight fever, try giving him acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) with your doctor’s approval. This can help reduce a fever and alleviate any pain felt in the location of the shot. The injection site might also become red and swollen.
Remember to never give aspirin to your baby because of the risk of Reye’s Syndrome.
2. Apply a cold compress
A cool compress or ice pack applied to the site for approximately 10 to 20 minutes can also provide relief. Baby’s bath time should consist of lukewarm water, never hot or too cold.
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.
3. Snuggle together more
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, it will help him feel more comfortable and relaxed when it comes to bedtime.
Who doesn’t love more baby cuddles?
4. Keep baby hydrated
Make sure plenty of liquids are given to a baby after vaccinations. 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.
Remember if your baby does become a bit restless or fussy during the day and night, the discomfort is only temporary. Your little one is most likely to get right back on track with the regular sleeping and eating schedule soon!
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