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Rita - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am a first time mom and my baby will be 6 months the 27 and is having her shots on the 28th. Just wondering if thier was any suggestion on what to do before and after the shots to make her feel better.... when she had her 2 mons and her 4 mons she cried for the rest of the day.

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Jada - posted on 04/13/2010

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also im not to sure where some of these posts are from but in canada your child has to be vaccinated before kindergarten, its a health code regulation for public schools, they wont be allowed in if they dont get the 5 month shots,(at least in bc anyways) so getting them vaccinated is the best idea until they hit kindergarten

Jada - posted on 04/13/2010

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bring a bell, the sound of a bell distracts them, and feed them right after, baby tylenol before hand and the 6 month is only 1 needle in 1 leg so its not so bad, if baby likes baths, give them a nice warm calming bath when u get home, my daughter turned 6 months on the 2nd, and she did really well, also dont act hesistant or tense yourself they pick up on that and it makes them sad

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Jada - posted on 04/15/2010

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and no there are no "laws" on it but they can ask that anytime an outbreak of said illnesses come about your child cannot be at school or in daycare, which could mean months and months of lost schooling for your child, and i understand everyone has differing views on the subject, and just like giving untested shots is a bad idea in hasty situations(ie the H1N1 shot that wasnt fully tested) there are nearly as many risks getting your child vaccinated if they have a normal immune system. but again, baby tylenol/motrin is a life saver,, and doing something fun is a great way to get babies mind off of the needles, i also found that because the shots tend to make baby sleepier than normal its a good way to regulate their sleeping habits if they still have problems sleeping through the night, my mia has consistantly slept 10-12 hours straight at night since she was 8 weeks, the day of her 8 week shots, :D

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2010

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Ask your doctor about giving your little one tylenol before the appointment... also, a few hours after you get home, and for several days thereafter, play with your baby and get her to be active - the more she kicks her legs, the quicker she'll work the soreness out of the injections sites.

Leilani - posted on 04/14/2010

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I gave both my kids baby tylenol right before we left the house for the Dr. Just like Kathryns baby they cried for a few seconds, fell asleep in the car on the way home. When they woke, it was like nothing ever happened that day. Good luck to you:)

Kathryn - posted on 04/14/2010

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I heard [and then tried it myself] that giving a dose of Motrin 20 minutes before shots would help ease the pain/fever. It worked like a charm! She cried for about 5 seconds after the actual injection, then was fine. She conked out once in her carseat on the way home. When she awakened at home, she was just like normal for the rest of the day :)

Melissa - posted on 04/14/2010

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It was different for us. My daughter had 2, 3 and 4 month shots and thats it now till she a year old. She cried alot at the time of the shot but she was ok after. I did giver her Tylanol anyway to prevent and pain just in case.

Heather - posted on 04/13/2010

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I understand, and didn't mean to step on any toes. I was just pointing out that if she feels any anxiety about shots, she would benefit from researching the matter. I'm not trying to advocate homeschooling, boycotting vaccines, ect. -- I'm sorry if I came across harshly. I just want to be sure that moms know they have a right to more information, and they also have a right to choose whether or not to vaccinate. Here's a site verifying that even in Canada, you do not have to vaccinate for your child to attend public schools:
"Only a few provinces in Canada have enacted legislation requiring proof of immunization for school entry. These provinces are Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick and all three provinces have exemption clauses written into the legislation which guarantee parents the right to refuse vaccination for their school age children for reasons of conscience or religion or if they believe vaccines would be harmful to their children’s health. Medical exemptions are permitted as well if a health problem is deemed to be a contraindication to vaccination. There are no laws in Canada that can force vaccination on anyone, and there are no laws that require infants to be vaccinated."

http://www.consumerhealth.org/articles/d...

Not trying to step on toes, just hoping to provide helpful info. My pediatrician said it was okay to give my son one age-appropriate dose of infant tylenol an hour before his appointment, followed by one more upon arriving home. Otherwise, I've always found nursing to be the quickest method to sooth a little one. Ask your doctor if you could remain in the exam room for a few moments after the appt. to nurse before having to strap your baby into a carseat again- lots of docs will let you.

Jada - posted on 04/13/2010

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i would just like to point out that the reason i posted that, is because she asked of ways to make her child feel better while still getting the shots, not an alternative or avoidance of the shots. so when other people were saying my child cried so i just stopped the vaccinations all together i thought i would mention that that isnt always a good idea, since the research hasnt been put in to verify if there is a loophole, your child could be refused entry to public school or forced to get the vaccinations at the age of 5, or home/private schooled at the parents cost.

Heather - posted on 04/13/2010

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I think that there are likely ways to get around the health code regulation, as long as you seek out & file the proper paperwork. You really should research the topic yourself. I know I'm personally looking into this as well right now. I just ordered the book "Saying No to Vaccines" by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny because I feel as though I've read/heard enough info that supports vaccination, and I believe this to be a credible source that shows the opposing side of the situation. I vaccinated my 3 yr. old as recommended & thought I was "doing the right thing" and that I'd made an educated decision because I read the paperwork presented to me by WIC/doctor's office. Turns out that is only their side of the story. I recently discovered many moms I respect in our church don't vaccinate, some of them my close friends, and I was very curious as to why. So I started asking & thought I owe it to my child to do some research. Even if there is a law, usually there are waivers that can be signed either stating you are aware of the health risks of not vaccinating & declined or that it is against your religious beliefs. Whether it's a law or not, I think that it's good to have a balanced look at the information before making such important decisions.

Jacey - posted on 04/13/2010

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I did a lot of research on the shots as well, and they aren't as beneficial as you'd think statistically speaking. i decided to the research bc im 21 never had mine and i never get sick, never had the flue or anything. there's a good book called "What Doctors Aren't Telling You". You get criticized sometimes but all you have to do is throw out your favorite statistic and people don't know how to respond. Here is something I just found real quick: http://www.doctoryourself.com/vaccinatio...

Katie - posted on 04/12/2010

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I ask My Doctors and I give my daughter some Children s Tylenol , Ask your Pediatrician on How much to give you Child . But I put myself in her shoes if I got 3 shots and two of them were in my CALF muscles , I would want something to help me out I don't Care how Old you are that's Alot Of shots for one day I would be sad too . Also I give her alot of hugs and kisses and alot of Fluids .

Jennifer - posted on 04/12/2010

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The crying after the 2 month shots is honestly the real reason we decided not to do any more shots with our son, and why we will not do any at all for our daughter. I know it's risky, but I found that the risks for doing them is actually more than they tell you. Especially since we have autoimmune issues on both sides.
But I have heard the best thing for the shots is cold and warm compresses alternating, along with lots of breast milk. There are homeopathic remedies for vaccine reactions but I'm not familiar with all of them. Tylenol did nothing for ds, but it's what the ped recommended for the pain and swelling.

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