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What-to-do-after-the-Shots of the Baby

Updated on April 9, 2011

I’m a new MOM to a 6 months old baby girl. Visiting the clinic or hospital to see her pediatrician is very important. And making sure that she will be immune to serious diseases as she grows is by vaccination. After the shots, she needs extra love and care. Some vaccinations that protect children from serious diseases also can cause discomfort for a while.

After vaccination here are the some possible things to do with your baby or child:

Check the temperature

· It is what I usually do, using the rectal digital thermometer that was given to us by the hospital when she was born. And they are also recommending the tympanic thermometers, which measures temperature inside the ear for older babies and children. But there was an instance that when taking her temperature even if it doesn’t hurt her, makes her uncomfortable and bothers her so much. That made her Dad wonder if what kind of thermometer that will be very convenient for me and her. And we discover that there is another end of taking the temperature. The Temporal artery thermometer measures the temperature of the blood inside the temporal artery, which means measuring the core temperature of any internal organ or of the blood. It is safe and very easy to use that completely eliminates the children’s concern of what part of their body you are going to put the thermometer. You can scan the forehead from one side of the temple to the other while holding the 'scan' button down. Scanning it 2 to 3 times I typically have a very accurate result.

Give some medication (If baby have fever/or showing fuzziness)

·         Sometimes they might not really be feverish but they could be still in pain. We could give them medication such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin) to reduce pain or fever. My baby loved the flavored acetaminophen which most doctors prefer than ibuprofen. There are also some studies showed that the regular used of ibuprofen increases the risk of heart attack. Do not give them Aspirin. Recheck your child’s temperature after an hour.

Acetaminophen Dosing Chart
Acetaminophen Dosing Chart

Acetaminophen is one of the most common drugs given to kids — and one of the hardest to give correctly, because it's sold in many forms. This chart can help you get the right dosage, bearing in mind these important points:

• Never give acetaminophen to a baby under the age of 3 months without talking to your doctor first.
• Age is a rough guide, but the proper dosage for your child is based on weight, not age.
• Read the label. It's easy to get confused by the different forms and concentrations of acetaminophen available (for details, see our articles on giving medicine to your baby, toddler, preschooler, or older child). You don't want to confuse teaspoons with tablespoons, or give a baby the same type of medicine you'd give a toddler.
• Use the measuring device that comes with the medicine, whether it's a dropper or a measuring cup. Don't use the kitchen teaspoon.
• Never give your child acetaminophen along with another medication unless directed by his doctor. If you do, you might mistakenly give him more than one dose. Overdoses are common and can be dangerous.
• Don't exceed five doses in a 24-hour period.

Ibuprofen Dosing Chart
Ibuprofen Dosing Chart

Ibuprofen has three actions: it reduces fever, relieves pain and fights inflammation. Typical uses are: teething, earaches, sunburn, fevers, headaches and sore muscles. Ibuprofen is generally considered very safe to use in infants and children. There are minimal side- effect concerns in a healthy child. It sometimes can cause stomach upset, do not use if your child has stomach ulcers. Ibuprofen also can have a mild effect on blood clotting ability; I usually don't use it if a child has large wounds or bruises (note: Acetaminophen does not have theses two effects). Ibuprofen has a good safety margin, i.e. it takes many times the regular dose to be harmful. If given at the proper doses, it is safe to use "around the clock" for several days. Doses can be given every 6 hours. When treating fever or pain, I like to use a "strong but safe" dose so your child will feel better sooner. I have designed this chart with narrow weight ranges so you can give the best dose.

Give them sponge bath

· Sponge your child with lukewarm water. Like my baby whom is used to bath twice a day. She is looking for bath if I missed to give her one because of some fever.

Clothe them comfortably

· Let them wear light and comfortable clothes. 

Hydrate them

· Make sure they are drinking a lot of fluid which I notice they would really ask it too.

Check if there are rashes or swollen leg or arm

· Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the sore area for comfort.

Call your health provider or clinic if:

· Child’s temperature is 101.5 oF (38.6oC) or higher or if you have worries about your baby/child.

· your child is pale or limp.

· your child been crying for more than 3 hours and just won’t stop.

· your child have a strange cry that isn’t normal (a high pitched cry).

· your child’s body shaking, twitching, or jerking.

· your child have marked decrease in activity or decrease in responsive.

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    • minesgm profile image

      minesgm 7 years ago from Texas

      @Ge, you are such a sweet person.. thanks.

    • geegee77 profile image

      geegee77 7 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      This is very good and useful information, and your baby is beautiful:) ge

    • minesgm profile image

      minesgm 7 years ago from Texas


      Thank you so much for a very kind comment.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      nice info here and very useful, Congrats, new mom!