Immunizations

Immunizations are given to protect the health of a child. Starting at birth, kids are vaccinated against certain common illnesses that at one time caused fatalities. In many cases, a dead inactivated form of the virus in question is given to the child so that the body can create antibodies to it.

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.

Side Effects

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 – There can also be a localized reaction on the skin at the point of injection. This 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 fluids. Babies that breastfeed often will feed more after reactions to immunizations. If they are not breastfed and can’t keep down formula, try Pedialyte to replenish fluid levels in the body. Sometimes, plain water in the bottle can work to introduce more fluids 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 after the injection. Fussy crying that can’t be soothed is a sign. Call your doctor and let them know what is going on. They can advise what dosage of pain reliever to give your child based on their age and medical history.

Serious side effects are not common. Vaccinations are safe and have been tested. If your child suffers 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.