Having a child is very good and in the baby phase, so don’t even talk, as it is a unique moment and it goes by so quickly. But motherhood is not just about good times , and in your walk there are moments that are not so pleasant, as is the case with the vaccine.
In addition to being a moment of tension to see such a tiny being taking the sting, it may still suffer from the vaccine reaction. Although the vaccine reaction is not common in all cases , it is already a bad thing to be expected by all parents when they start the childhood vaccination . The reaction can appear up to 48 hours after application and usually disappear naturally after 2 to 3 days.
How to Prevent Reactions?
Some pediatricians already indicate the use of antipyretic before application, others only in case of a vaccine reaction. But in general, babies tend to get more sleepy after the vaccine, irritated and even undermine the child’s appetite, but nothing that in a few hours does not normalize.
Main Symptoms and Reactions
Some of the most common symptoms of a vaccine reaction are:
Other symptoms such as muscle pain and headache can also occur, along with a lot of indisposition and irritability. If the symptoms do not disappear within 3 days, a pediatrician should be consulted for evaluation.
How to Relieve Symptoms
Symptoms can be relieved with the help of applying ice to the vaccine region . With the help of a cloth or diaper the ice should be placed at least 3x a day until the discomfort and redness of the region disappears.
Give an antipyretic and analgesic as is the case of paracetamol to lower the fever and decrease the body’s pain. Eat healthy and light, even in small portions. There are rare cases of severe vaccine reactions, but it can occur.
Some children are allergic to the vaccine component and may experience immediate itching or up to 30 minutes after application, difficulty breathing and suffering from anaphylactic shock requiring immediate help.
One question that many parents bring to pediatric clinics is that whether the vaccine reaction is a result of the vaccine’s effectiveness . And it is not, no reaction is expected in any vaccine, except BCG which is the one that creates the cone at the application site, leaving the mark afterwards.
IMPORTANT: Child vaccination is mandatory because it is about protecting public health. Through vaccination, epidemics are controlled and parents who do not vaccinate their children can be reported to the Guardianship Council.
Vaccines and Their Reactions
All vaccines were developed and tested cautiously before distribution and inclusion in the child vaccination portfolio. But like any medicine, adverse reactions can occur and since each one of them has different components, the child will not always react in the same way.
Some deserve more precaution when applying and when it comes to babies and allergic children the pediatrician should be consulted previously for release, among these are the list of vaccine 2 months and vaccine booster 4 months. Vaccines such as influenza, yellow fever and viral triple (measles, rubella and mumps ) must be released by the allergist of the child who has an allergy to egg protein.
Babies and children allergic to gelatin may experience adverse reactions with influenza, rabies, chickenpox, Triple Viral vaccines (measles, rubella and mumps) and Triple Bacterial (Diphtheria, Tetanus and whooping cough).
In general, all vaccines may have the same symptoms for infants and children who are not allergic to their components. Fever, pain at the application site and irritability are the main ones. Only the BCG vaccine that immunizes against tuberculosis has a characteristic reaction, which is the red ball that appears at the exact location of the application and that will evolve into a small wound.
This is the sign that the vaccine has taken effect and if it does not occur, the doctor should be consulted for verification and indication of the real need to carry out a new application. Apart from the small wound, there are no reactions beyond those that can occur in all other vaccines.
Childhood vaccination is the best way to prevent serious infectious diseases and prevent regional epidemics. So keep your child’s vaccination record up to date, if you have any doubts about whether or not to vaccinate, see a pediatrician.
Questions from Readers:
How long does the vaccine last for 2 months?
Both vaccines given after birth, as well as vaccines of 2 months or 4 months have undetermined durability. Some can be given the necessary reinforcements throughout life and if necessary.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.