The list of responsibilities of being a parent are endless, from the sleepless nights to changing diapers; bed wetting; teething; childproofing of the house and so on, but the perks of being a parent makes all of these worth it. It’s a feeling which only a parent can express.

But apart from all the joy and happiness it also brings in a lot of confusion and unsolicited advice, be it for the baby food or her immunization chart.  

So, if you are a new parent and not sure about your child ’s long list of vaccinations, then you are at the right place. Read on to satisfy some of your queries about your child’s immunizations.

Baby’s Vaccine Schedule – What Shots to Give

It is always advisable to stick to the vaccination schedule as recommended by the pediatrician. Keep your child’s immunization chart handy for easy reference.

  1. Diphtheria (the ‘D’ in the DTaP vaccine)
    • Typical symptom of diphtheria is breathing difficulties.
    • Can lead to breathing trouble, heart failure and paralysis.
  1. Tetanus (the ‘T’ in the DTaP vaccine)
    • Tetanus is marked with the symptoms of painful tightening of the muscles all over the body.
    • Can lead to jaw stiffness making it difficult to open the mouth or swallow.
  1. Pertussis (the ‘P’ in DTaP vaccine)

Pertussis patients suffer from chronic cough lasting for several weeks and making it difficult for the baby to eat, drink or breathe.

  • It can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage or death.
    • (Most deaths occur in babies younger than 3 months)1.
  1. Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b)
    • A child diagnosed with Hib disease shows symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, headache and fever.
    • It can lead to meningitis, pneumonia, infection of ears, sinuses etc
  1. Hepatitis B
  • Common symptoms of Hepatitis B are tiredness, jaundice, vomiting and diarrhea, pain in muscles and joints.
  • It can lead to liver damage or cancer.
  1. Polio
    • Polio starts with a flu-like symptom.
    • It can lead to permanent paralysis.
  1. Pneumococcal Disease
    • Pneumococcal disease has symptoms like fever, cough, chills, chest pain, seizures and rash.
    • It can lead to meningitis, infection of ears, blood, sinuses, pneumonia, deafness and brain damage

Other Recommended Vaccinations

There are other vaccines which are recommended to be given during the first five years of life.

  • MMR: This vaccination protects against three diseases of Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR).
  • Rotavirus: Rotavirus is a vaccine for rotavirus disease which causes severe diarrhea and dehydration in kids. It can lead to medical emergencies. The vaccination is highly recommended as a preventive measure.
  • Influenza: Influenza vaccine is recommended for protection against seasonal flu.
  • Hepatitis A: Hepatitis A can cause liver damage and other related complications.

To do list before vaccinations:

Below are a few tips you can follow before the immunization appointment:

  • Ensure your baby is well rested and feed the baby at least an hour or two before the appointment.
  • Dress your baby in loose comfortable clothes which is easier to remove during immunization.
  • Don’t forget to get the vaccinations shots updated in the immunization chart.
  • It’s better to reschedule your child’s vaccination if she is not keeping well.
  • Speak to your Doctor about the post effects of the vaccine such as fever, rashes, etc.
  • Carry your baby’s favorite toy to comfort her later.

Red flags after vaccination

Severe allergic reactions to immunizations are rare. Do contact your doctor immediately if your baby develops a temperature of 100.40 F or higher.  Febrile seizures, difficulty breathing, swelling of face and throat should be taken seriously. Avoid trying any homemade remedies.

However, it is normal for your child to experience some common side effects post vaccination. These symptoms are nothing to worry about and will pass in a day or two.

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Hard lump at the injection site,
  • Mild fever
  • Skin rash
  • headache,
  • Fretfulness
  • Poor appetite
  • Vomiting and diarrhea.

Consult with your doctor before giving any medicine.

Vaccinations are preventive measures to keep your child protected against certain diseases and missing out on any of them can be dangerous and life-threatening. But, the good news is that you can now do so within the comfort of your home.

Nightingales Home Health Specialists provide doctor consultation and on-call nursing services right at your doorstep making things easier for you and your little ones. So, when is the next vaccination date?

Reference:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/visit/index.html
  2. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Your-Babys-First-Vaccines.aspx