In our earlier posts, we discussed about vaccines and why we need them, the ones recommended by the Government and the other optional ones. Now we discuss some of the things you should bear in mind when you are taking your child for his/her vaccination:
1. Discuss the vaccine with the doctor first and understand the problems ( if any) associated with it.
2. Tell the doctor if your child:
- has fever or cold
- has allergies
- has issues with previous immunizations
- is on steroid treatment or other drugs affecting the immune system (for cancer or kidney transplants).
- has a history of fits or convulsions
- has intolerance to eggs; in such a case, your doctor may suggest your baby has his MMR vaccination in hospital.
- has family members with HIV/AIDS or other immune system diseases.
3. Take the child’s favorite toy or doll along so that he/she can hold on to it for emotional support after the shot.
4. Kids older than two years of age might throw tantrums at the doctor’s. It is advisable to let the child know about the vaccine a little prior to the visit. Straight forward talk about the shot is best. Tell your child why he/she is getting it and that all kids of her age get it.
5. Stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after the vaccine is given, just in case your child reacts to it.
6. The child may be a little low after the injection and may be irritable. Avoid making any big plans after the appointment. Let the child rest at home.
7. There might be some swelling and redness at the site of the injection. Don’t worry about it. Do not apply any medicine to the area.
8. The child may have slight fever after the appointment. However, if the temperature is very high or if the child has convulsions (or fits), call your doctor immediately.First Published: Apr 24, 2012 at 1:17 AM