sleep after vaccinations

Ginny - posted on 11/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I just took my 10 week old in for her first round of vaccinations, she has been sleeping most of the the day since we left the doctors office. I was able to get here awake to eat, but should I let her continue to sleep? How many days might she be like this. I'm inclined to let her sleep, but not sure if it will effect our sleeping tonight.

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Hanna - posted on 11/02/2009

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usually it's 24 hours, then they go back to normal. it's just that their body is fighting the viruses in those shots. and i don't know how many shots your baby got. definitely offer food in the time being to make sure that your baby gets the nutrition & the vitamins.



personal advice about the shots, your next round of shots, split them up (i.e. come twice, a week apart) and get 3 & 3 or 3 & two. make sure that tetanus shot is separate from polly-o, it's a hard shot & your baby can run a fever from it. doctors these days want to get you in and out & give you a whole cocktail of shots all together. 7 shots at once is too much even for an adult, let alone a baby. they supposedly found no evidence that links shots to autism & developmental problems, but do you really want to take a chance? just tell them to split them up. they'll try to tell you how it's safe and blah blah, i wouldn't take that chance if i were you. i have a reputation of a paranoid mom at my doctor's but better be safe than sorry. good luck!

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Colleen - posted on 11/03/2009

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My son gets like this after his shots too. I kind of like it because he gets all cuddly and snuggly and is just content to sleep on my chest all afternoon long.

Lady - posted on 11/03/2009

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all four of my children have had all of their immunisations just as the doctor advised and all have handled them with only very minor reactions - babies are bombarded with germs and bacteria and viruses from the minute they are born the body creating imunity to these is a completley natrual process so don't panic and start thrusting medicine down their throat unless they need it. my first son slept most of the day after his first injections but never had any reaction to the rest including his MMR.

Lynlee - posted on 11/02/2009

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As long as your baby seems normal while sleeping, I would be glad that she is sleeping thru the hard part - hopefully she will wake having got over the worst part of any reactions she might have. It might affect her sleep overnight but it may have done even if she had been awake as well. Just be prepared with some medicine to give if she wakes in pain etc. Our son took about a week after his first vaccinations to be back to normal but as he got older it would only take a couple of days.

Stephanie - posted on 11/02/2009

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every baby is different- my son (i gave tylenol before every round of shots and every 4 hrs for the 1st day) slept or was drowsy the first about day or day and a half after his shots

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