The 16th of March marks the National Vaccination Day, a significant occasion dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of vaccinations in preventing fatal diseases. While vaccines are important for people of all ages, infants and babies require them the most. Their small and delicate bodies are susceptible to various ailments, such as polio, hepatitis, and rotavirus. Administering vaccines early in their lives helps them to build up their immunity against these diseases. However the vaccination process can be challenging, as infants may be easily frightened, and new parents may be concerned about how the whole process would go or about potential side effects.
A. Doses for vaccinating your baby
1. Bring your baby’s health records:
Scheduling an appointment in advance gives you enough time to gather all the necessary information about the vaccinations, including any potential side effects and the recommended schedule. Be sure to have your child’s vaccination history handy. These records allow your doctor to assess whether your child is ready to receive a vaccine and has built up the immunity to handle any potential side effects.
It is important to note that some babies may require additional shots based on their individual health records, so share these records with your doctor before your child receives any vaccinations.
2. Dress your baby comfortably:
Dress your baby in loose-fitting clothing to allow their body to move freely without restriction during vaccination to make the process smoother and more manageable. When your baby is comfortable, they are less likely to become fussy or agitated. Loose clothing can also prevent the injection area from rubbing against the fabric, preventing discomfort or rashes.
3. Ask questions:
If you have any questions regarding the procedure, precaution, or reason for getting a vaccine, ask the doctor without hesitating. This enhances your knowledge and prepares you to handle the side effects, if any, in the best possible way. Some common questions that you may wish to inquire about include the following:
- What kind of food should I feed the child after the shot?
- When should I get the next dose for the baby?
- Is my baby healthy?
- Do we need to administer some medicine for the side effects?
- What are the side effects of this particular dosage?
B. Don’ts for vaccinating your baby
1. Don’t get them vaccinated by unlicensed doctors:
Unlicensed physicians may not have undergone the rigorous accreditation and training necessary to administer vaccines safely. As a result, they may make mistakes that could harm your baby. By taking the time to research carefully and select a qualified and licensed healthcare provider to administer your baby’s vaccinations, you can help safeguard their health and minimize the risk of complications.
2. Don’t skip a vaccination:
Skipping an essential vaccination for your baby can lead to significant health risks and may result in multiple doctor visits in the future. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor to understand the reasons why a particular vaccine is needed and how it can benefit your child. If you still feel hesitant or uncertain, taking a second opinion is always advisable. Remember that vaccinations are meant to protect your baby against fatal diseases, which should not be left to biases.
3. Don’t give any medication before the shot without consultation:
Certain medications may affect the efficacy of a vaccine. Check with your doctor before administering any medication to your baby prior to their scheduled vaccinations.
4. Don’t hesitate to report any adverse reactions:
If you notice any unusual symptoms in your child following vaccination, consult your doctor immediately. It is necessary to avoid attempting home remedies, as they may not effectively address the problem. As new parents, it is natural to feel anxious when your baby exhibits unusual symptoms, but it is vital to seek medical attention to soothe and comfort your baby over anything else.
5. Don’t compare your baby’s reactions to other babies:
Each baby’s body is unique, and their response to vaccines may vary. Therefore, it is not advisable to compare your baby’s response to that of other babies as this may lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. Instead, focus on providing personalized care and consulting with your doctor at every step. This will help you ensure that your baby receives the best possible care and protection from potential health risks.