Vaccination is usually safe and most babies do not have any major problems as a result of immunization. However, some babies may develop certain side-effects to certain vaccines.
- Baby may have low-grade fever after some vaccinations. Doctor may recommend you to give Crocin drops to relieve the symptoms.
- BCG – A lump appears 3-4 weeks after B.C.G. It may soften and discharge for up to 2 weeks. No application or medication is required. a small scar remains at the site. If a sweeing appears and does not subside, contact your doctor.
- D.P.T. (Triple)- There may be mild fever, pain, redness and swelling at the site of injection. A small, painless lump may remain for a few weeks. For fever and pain, paracetamol drops/ syrup may be given. The dose can be repeated every 4-6 hours if necessary. If fever is over 102 F and baby suffers from persistent crying or screaming, you must consult your doctor.
- MEASLES / MMR – A few babies may get fever 4-10 days after the vaccination. There may be associated cough, cold and mild rash. Paracetamol drops / syrup may be given if required.
- HIB / Typhoid vaccine – Mild pain or fever may occur. Paracetamol syrup may be given as recommended.
- Baby may be cranky due to fever and discomfort. Make sure to shower baby with lot of attention and comfort her.
- If your feel baby is suffering too much, don’t hesitate to check with baby’s doctor.
- Always go with your gut instinct. You know your baby best and your instinct is more important than any recommendation given in books or by others.