Vaccinations may hurt a little…but disease can hurt a lot!
Your child may need extra love and care after getting vaccinated. Some vaccinations that protect children from serious diseases also can cause discomfort for a while. Here are answers to questions many parents have after their children have been vaccinated. If this post doesn’t answer your questions, call your doctor.
What to do if your child has discomfort
I think my child has a fever. What should I do?
Check your child’s temperature to find out if there is a fever. An easy way to do this is by taking a temperature in the armpit using an electronic thermometer (or by using the method of temperature-taking your doctor recommends). If your child has a temperature that your doctor has told you to be concerned about or if you have questions, call your doctor.
Here are some things you can do to help reduce fever:
- Give your child plenty to drink.
- Dress your child lightly. Do not cover or wrap your child tightly.
- Give your child a fever- or pain-reducing medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. The dose you give your child should be based on your child’s weight and your doctor’s instructions. Recheck your child’s temperature after 1 hour. Call your doctor if you have questions.
My child has been fussy since getting vaccinated. What should I do?
After vaccination, children may be fussy because of pain or fever. To reduce discomfort, you may want to give your child a medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If your child is fussy for more than 24 hours, call your doctor.
My child’s leg or arm is swollen, hot, and red. What should I do?
- Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the sore area for comfort.
- For pain, give a medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- If the redness or tenderness increases after 24 hours, call your doctor.
My child seems really sick. Should I call my doctor?
If you are worried at all about how your child looks or feels, call your doctor immediately.