Immunizations are an important part of keeping an infant healthy and protected from diseases. In this day and age there are vaccinations to prevent diseases that used to have high mortality rates -- vaccinations have practically eradicated horrible diseases such as polio, measles, diphtheria, and pertussis in the United States. No matter how important immunizations are, many parents don't like to see their infants uncomfortable after their shots. Use the following tips to keep your baby comfortable after he or she gets vaccinations:
Watch for a Fever
It is not uncommon for an infant to run a low-grade to moderate fever after getting immunization shots. A fever can be treated with infant acetaminophen-- this over the counter medicine will also help with fussiness due to discomfort or pain. Speak to your child's doctor before leaving the office to find out the proper dosage for your baby's weight and age. Follow dosing directions closely, and make sure you wait the right number of hours between doses of medication.
Keep Your Baby Lightly Dressed
In many cases, infant immunizations are administered in the thighs and these areas may feel tender or painful for your baby. To keep him or her comfortable, dress your baby lightly, and avoid putting on pants or shorts that may irritate the area and make it feel more uncomfortable. If you suspect that your baby is feeling cold, lightly drape or cover him or her with a blanket for warmth.
Be Prepared to Comfort
Most babies get over any pain or fussiness from immunization services within a short time, but one of the best ways to comfort a baby after getting vaccinations is by being available to hold him or her and provide closeness. Rocking, bouncing, or using any other routine that works during fussy times can make your child feel loved and secure while he or she is experiencing soreness or pain. A warm bath may also help alleviate any soreness in the areas that received shots.
Feed More Often
Suckling is very soothing for most infants, so after a doctor's appointment that involves shots you may want to plan to do smaller feedings more often. If you are breastfeeding, offering the breast while your child is fussy may provide comfort even if he or she is not particularly hungry. If you formula feed but your baby is not interested in drinking from a bottle, providing a pacifier may make you infant feel more comfortable and less fussy after vaccinations.