Tackling Baby Shots

Logan just had his four month check up and with it came another round of vaccinations. He gets a little sad but we’ve got a good routine now that I thought might be worth a share.

Babies start getting their vaccinations within 12 hours of being born but they’ve already started building immunities while mom is still pregnant. Between 27 and 36 weeks the DTaP shot is given to mothers to protect their babies from whooping cough. It is suggested that those that will be around the infant are vaccinated as well (significant others, grandparents).

In the hospital babies will receive hepititus B and vitamin K shots along with an eye ointment that is typically the antibiotic erythromycin.

In our hospital the nurse gave Logan his shots as I fed him. He stopped eating for a moment but it didn’t seem to bother him much.

Fast forward to two month shots and as a first time parent I had done all the upfront (worried) research. I knew he could be more fussy, run a fever, not want to eat and even sleep more.

He was due to receive his own DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/whooping cough)-IPV (Polio)-HIB (haemophilus inflienzae), 2nd dose of Hep B, PCV13 (Pneumococcus) and rotavirus vaccines. The pediatrician even sent us home with infant Tylenol to predose him with for comfort.

We decided we’d rather see how he did than just give him medication he may not need. My biggest regret was how we dressed him. He wore a onsie and pants which may not seem bad but actually hurt him in the long run.

To get their shots they are laid on the table and you are supposed to get in their face to distract them. Logan cried for a short amount of time after looking at me super sad like with no crying. Oh my mama heart. Let’s be honest though, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I want to be right there for him for comfort.

Here’s the regret. In changing him shortly after the appointment his bandaid got caught on his pants. We all know getting the bandaid off is sometimes worse than what made you need it in the first place.

We never ended up needing Tylenol but he was a little more sad when he got hungry or tired.

Fast forward to this 4 month appointment and it was a lot of the same but I had a better plan. He again received DTaP-IPV-HIB, PCV13 and rotavirus.

1. I fed Logan right before leaving for the appointment. Our little guy has a better temperament about anything when he’s been fed. This also works with being cold after bath time. I’ve heard some doctors suggest feeding during shots. We haven’t needed it but it’s a great idea since breast feeding is also for comfort sometimes.

2. I dressed Logan in a one piece outfit that was easy on and off. This made for no bandaid snags and it didn’t take forever to get him dressed after. Snuggles came sooner and he was done crying in no time.

3. We took a bath to remove the Bandaids. Not only does Logan love baths but I decided that we’d just soak those bandaids right off. He was quite the happy camper splashing that he didn’t even notice when they were gone.

4. I clear the rest of my day. His appointment both times were in the afternoon and while I am working from home, I have been taking the rest of the day off work to provide all the uninterrupted snuggles and feedings he would like. While he doesn’t need the Tylenol, I’m sure he’s not feeling as well as he normally does and tends to get more fussy before feedings and naps.

What are some ways you’ve combatted vaccine sadness in your little ones?
How did your little ones do with vaccines?

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