Baby Vaccine Schedule
Center of disease control and prevention CDC provides a vaccine schedule from birth until 18 years of age. There are printable PDF’s of the schedule on their website. here is the link.
Following is the checklist on getting ready for baby’s vaccinations.
1. Call and ask your pediatrician ‘what to expect’ when you arrive.
2. Try to go with your partner or someone at least for the first vaccination.
3. Dress your baby comfortably. The pediatrician will ask you to undress your baby to weigh her and do a physical exam. So dress something that is easy to take off and put back on.
‘Sleep and Play’ one piece with snap on buttons works best, since the vaccine shots are given on bay’s things. Once the pediatrician is done with your baby’s physical exam, you can dress your baby and keep the bottoms buttons of the one piece open for the nurse to administer shots.
4. Be ready to nurse your baby right after the shots are given or keep a bottle of breast milk or formula ready to give to your baby to console her. The sucking action is very soothing for babies. Offer a pacifier if the baby refuses bottle or breast.
5. It’s hard for the parents to see their baby cry, especially with the first vaccine. Be strong, comforting and reassuring and understand that it is good for your baby’s health. Your baby can feel your body language so do not panic or get upset, instead stay calm and do everything possible to comfort your baby. Most of the babies stop crying within 2 minutes after the shots are given.
6. Have his cozy blanket ready, since its most likely that baby will sleep right after the vaccines.
7. After you come home, make sure that your baby gets your full attention. Your baby will develop a slight fever after few hours.Its is just body’s response of building antibodies. Check with the pediatrician beforehand on what to expect at home after vaccines. Some pediatricians may ask you to give your baby the over the counter ‘baby ibuprofen’ or ‘baby acetaminophen’ to help the baby rest. Some pediatricians oppose giving any medicines to allow your baby’s body to build resistance against pain. It’s really between you and your pediatrician what you want for your baby.
8. The effect of vaccinations may last a day or two. You might see a drop in feeding in these days. Offer your baby breast milk or formula every two to three hours and let her have the amount she wants, don’t force her if she doesn’t drink the amount she usually takes.
Based on the above list, you can change the things as per your baby’s requirements and vaccines schedule.