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On the day of the Vax

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
What special things do you do on the day of the vax?
we're getting our first vax soon and I am trying to find out what kinds of things can be done to reduce the chance of any reactions and/or pain.
vitamin c?
arnica?
something else I should consider or be aware of?
post #2 of 29
Ds has only had one vax so far, the dtap at 4 months. We scheduled it on our day off (dh and I) so we could both watch ds closely afterwards. Luckily, ds had no ill effects from it. He barely cried during the injection, and wasn't sore afterwards-didn't seem to be, anyway, so we didn't apply a cool compress to his thigh or anything. But it's always a good idea to anticipate soreness, crankiness, etc. Maybe get some dye-free baby tylenol, have cool compresses ready in case you need them, etc. Prepare for your baby to be sleepy-don't plan alot of other errands or anything afterwards, or activities at home-just lounge around at home. I'm not sure about the arnica, but I think a cool compress would work well enough. How many vax's are you getting?
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Bethany.
We're just getting the HIB at 13 months.
post #4 of 29
We don't vax at all, but I seem to remember reading something about homeopathic thuja helping . . .
post #5 of 29
Isn't the Hib only good under 15 months or so? Might you wait a few more months until it's not needed at all?

-Angela
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
That would be neat if it were true. I've researched a lot about it and never stumbled across this factoid.
might you provide a reference for me?
post #7 of 29
I don't have a link, but I know there are several posters in the main forum that do. I know that there is an age cut-off after which Hib is not given. I do not know exactly what that cut off is.

Try posting in the main vax forum. I'm sure someone will have a link for you.

-Angela
post #8 of 29
ActHib is given up to 59 months, but if you wait until 15 months he will only need one dose, instead of 2 doses if he gets the shot at 13 months.

From the Pink Book:
HbOC or PRP-T (HibTITER, ActHIB)
Previously unvaccinated infants aged 2–6 months should
receive three doses of vaccine administered 2 months apart,
followed by a booster dose at age 12–15 months, administered
at least 2 months after the last dose. Unvaccinated children
aged 7–11 months should receive two doses of vaccine
2 months apart, followed by a booster dose at age 12–15
months, administered at least 2 months after the last dose.
Unvaccinated children aged 12–14 months should receive
two doses of vaccine, at least 2 months apart. Any previously
unvaccinated child aged 15–59 months should receive a
single dose of vaccine
post #9 of 29
Thread Starter 

How Sweet!!!

Well gals, thank you very very much.

I'm still wondering about the initial subject of the thread but I sorely appreciate this new information re:HIB. I am quite sure I would not have been told about this timing issue at my next appt.
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
incidentally, what is "the pink book"?
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Maxine45 View Post
incidentally, what is "the pink book"?
It is published by the CDC (center for disease control, the government agency that regulates vaccines and such). It is a super-helpful resource for information about vax schedules and the like.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pin...k-chapters.htm
post #12 of 29
The only thing I do special is not to plan anything major afterwards... usually I just want to let her sleep and rest and have a very normal day at home afterwards. I'd give tylenol afterwards if my baby seemed sore, but so far she really hasn't much. And for some reason she does not like the dye free tylenol... she spits it out! Weird, huh?

Some people recommend giving tylenol ahead of time if you anticipate soreness.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by prettypixels View Post
I'd give tylenol afterwards if my baby seemed sore, but so far she really hasn't much. And for some reason she does not like the dye free tylenol... she spits it out! Weird, huh?.
That is weird! We have some but I haven't had to give ds any yet.
post #14 of 29
I think it's weird too, you would think it tastes the same! (Dye free tylenol!)

I just wanted to add that so many people talk about their babies sleeping longer after their shots. Not mine. For her six month shots she took a half hour nap and then was up and perky!
post #15 of 29
Has anyone given Cod Liver Oil and liquid Vit C? I have read that this could help avoid any possible adverse reaactions. I didn't think ahaed enough to get these for my daughter for this appointment, but I think I will for the next one. Just wondering if anyone else has done this or heard of it...
post #16 of 29
Nurse like mad! Even during the vax if you can manage it, and right afterward if not. Cuddle the baby a lot, and watch closely. Even a small change in behavior could indicate a bad reaction.
post #17 of 29

Vaxing - what to do to prepare?

DD is going to be vaxed in 2 weeks - we want her to have them before starting daycare. Decision made - no judgement PLEASE...

What can/should we do to prepare her and to make it as gentle as possible? I will give Tylenol before we go and will nurse her immediately after. What else should we do? Should we do more Tylenol after every 4 hours?

Thank you.
post #18 of 29
I think I remembered reading that giving tylenol before-hand is a bad idea...let me see if I can find the literature...
post #19 of 29
Not judgement, PROMISE...but -

You might want to consider that IF there were a reaction, the Tylenol could mask it. I wouldn't give it for that reason alone. Just a thought.
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by rmzbm View Post
Not judgement, PROMISE...but -

You might want to consider that IF there were a reaction, the Tylenol could mask it. I wouldn't give it for that reason alone. Just a thought.
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I would choose which to give in what order and give only one at a time wherever possible so that if there's a reaction you know what caused it.

-Angela
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