Let’s face it, moms don’t like watching their babies get shots and nurses are not wild about harpooning your little one. Shots are unavoidable to keep your baby free from diseases that would cause more harm than the temporary sting of shots. Caring for your baby after a shot pretty much just consists of making your baby comfortable. If your baby is fussy, has a fever, or the injection site is red or swollen, there are three important aftercare steps you need to know.
1. Fussy or Fever:
Check your baby’s temperature. If you find that your baby has a fever, give her plenty to drink, give a sponge bath using lukewarm water, and dress her in light clothing. Do not give your baby aspirin. Give your baby fever or pain reducing medicine based on your healthcare provider’s instructions. Recheck your baby’s temperature after an hour and continue to give medication for the next 1-2 days as needed.
If your baby is fussy and has no fever, do not give aspirin for pain. Follow the directions given for taking fever or pain reducing medications. If your baby is fussy for more than 24 hours, please call your baby’s pediatrician or take your baby to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.
2. Hot, Swollen, or Red Injection Site:
If your baby’s injection site is swollen, irritated, hot to the touch, and red, apply a clean, cool cloth for comfort. If it appears that the injection site is increasing in size, redness or tenderness, call your pediatrician or take your baby to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.
3. Baby Seems Sick:
If your baby seems sick, lethargic, refusing fluids, or you have reason to feel worried, please contact your baby’s pediatrician or take your baby to the nearest emergency department for evaluation.