What is child immunization/vaccination?

Immunization/vaccinations protect your child from deadly diseases, such as polio, tetanus, and diphtheria. They also keep other children safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing dangerous diseases that used to spread from child to child. It strengthens the immune system to fight against viruses and bacteria that children are exposed to right after birth.

What vaccines are given to a child right after birth?

Getting your child vaccinated on time will help protect him or her against 15 vaccine-preventable diseases. From birth till 2 years of age, a child is given various types of the vaccine given below

  • One vaccination for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Four vaccinations for Haemophilus influenza (Hib)
  •  Three to four polio vaccinations (IPV)
  • Four vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DPT)
  • Three vaccinations for hepatitis B
  •  One vaccination for chickenpox after 12 months.
  • Three vaccinations for rotavirus, a type of infection that causes severe diarrhea
  •  Four vaccinations for pneumococcal disease, a common cause of ear infections and pneumonia

How to ease the baby’s pain after shot?

The immune response triggered by many vaccines can cause irritability, soreness, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, etc which is very common.

To relieve your child from pain, doctor suggest things like

  • Breastfeed
  • Touch and soothe
  • Distract and stimulate
  • Apply a cool, wet cloth
  • Give your child lots of liquid
  • Give Sugar and water solution
  • Try Tylenol to prevent fever