Still grumpy a week after shots, is this normal?

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My little guy had his two month shots last Friday and is still super grumpy and cries all the time, doesn't like being held and is happy maybe for 5 minutes after waking then back to grumpy screaming. He is breastfed and is still eating fine, I just don't know what to do for him or if this is normal. Has anyone else experienced this? When will he stop being so grumpy and crying so much?

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Tina - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi rebeca, I give shots to kids all day long! I'm the mean lady, and when I give speeches to parents I tell them, "As these are babies first series of immunizations, it's good to know that he can be lethargic, fussy, tired, clingy and irritable (whatever you want to call it) for about 2 weeks. They may not want you to touch their legs b/c they are sensitive. Fever up to 102 can occure, if that happens you can do tylenol or ibuprofen every 4-6 hrs but we don't recommend doing that unless they seem misserable (fever isn't really a bad thing it actually helps).  This time around usually is the worst for babies b/c there are so many new things in his body that he is not used to, hopefully at the 4 month immies he'll do better."



I would hope that all medical assistants or people that give immunizations warn you ahead of time, but I know we are few and spread out. on top of the immies, note that he does suffer from the reflux and that he may have cought one of the millions of viruses that your baby will be exposed to. use saline drops for congestion (little noses) and use the bulb syringe, that helps pull things out and see if that helps. try the wedge or put a thin blinket or pillow under the mattress to lift it up a bit.

Nj - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Luana:

My twins were like that after every shot and not to scare you but it lasted 2 weeks every time.when i asked my doctor if it was normal he said that for some children the shots really makes them have mood swings and that the medecine is in your system for up to 2weeks so yeah it was considered normal.They never had a fever or rash or anything besides the major mood swings.Keep making sure health wise that he's ok but besides that there isn't much you can do.Hang in there ,i know it's hard but it will get better.Take care


Shots are not medicine..The reaction can be from the bacteria and toxins that are in the vaccines. You should have the vaccine package inserts to the vaccines that were given to your baby.  You can learn more here about the vaccines administered and the reactions. http://www.nvic.org/Vaccines-and-Disease...



Also, these reactions should be reported and can be done so at this site:  http://www.nvic.org

Sara - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:

Still grumpy a week after shots, is this normal?

My little guy had his two month shots last Friday and is still super grumpy and cries all the time, doesn't like being held and is happy maybe for 5 minutes after waking then back to grumpy screaming. He is breastfed and is still eating fine, I just don't know what to do for him or if this is normal. Has anyone else experienced this? When will he stop being so grumpy and crying so much?



After reseacrhing the pros and cons for vaccinations, we chose to vaccinate homeopathically as it is far safer than the risks associated with vaccinations. What you are descibing is not "normal", it is normal however for some children upon receiving their vaccinations. I would seriously recommend seeing a natural therapist or doing some research yourself, as what you are describing, sounds as though your little one had had an adverse reaction, if you follow up with subsequent vaccinatuons according to the schedule, it may present a risk to your babies health. There is tons of information on the web, and is well worth looking into for your own peace of mind - some children just simply do not cope with the level toxic chemicals found in vaccines.  

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Paulette:



Hi, Did he run a fever or is he? Is his nose stuffy? Does he seem gassy? Is he sneezing or coughing? How has he been sleeping? Is he sleeping and only waking up to eat? Is he going to sleep and staying asleep or does he was up only after 20-30 minutes later? Does he latch on right away or do you need to reattach him frequently? Does he spit up a little to a lot, frequently?






Nope no fever, his nose is stuffy but was before  the shots also. He is gassy but also something that he was before the shots. He does sneeze and cough but not more than he did before the shots. He is sleeping more often in the day if I nap with him (9:30-11:30 this morning then 1:30-4:30 this after hence the long wait in my reply), yes he spits up a lot but that's part of his acid reflux and it's no more or less than before the shots and he usually latches right away and stays that way until he's done, although he has pulled off a lot in the last few days but usually only near the end of feeding

Luana - posted on 02/18/2009

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My twins were like that after every shot and not to scare you but it lasted 2 weeks every time.when i asked my doctor if it was normal he said that for some children the shots really makes them have mood swings and that the medecine is in your system for up to 2weeks so yeah it was considered normal.They never had a fever or rash or anything besides the major mood swings.Keep making sure health wise that he's ok but besides that there isn't much you can do.Hang in there ,i know it's hard but it will get better.Take care

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Amanda - posted on 04/11/2015

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My little guy had reaction on his leg. What does that mean and extremely fussy

Mandy - posted on 05/13/2014

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please consider a whole health approach before putting your little one one acid medication which actually worsens the acid problem! Consider agrumax, oils, and clays first. I probiotic and an alkaline diet can also work magic on your little one.

Cathy - posted on 02/19/2009

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You can also look to your local Holistic Mom's Network to see if they have any recommendations for you.

Amanda - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hey Becks, thanks for asking this, My 12 week old is having the same problem. Thanks Tina for your advice, its scary when your child is so different the next day, and being in the midst of flu season i thought that maybe it was just that. Thankfully today I saw a glimpse of my daughter again!

Julie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi Rebecca - my son had acid reflux and it got pretty bad right around 2 months of age. It was misdiagnosed for a while, so it just kept getting worse until his esophagus was so burned that he cried all the time and couldn't even sleep for more than an hour at a time. We finally put him on Prevacid and that helped out, but it did take a few weeks to kick in. Anyhow, I hope this is not the case for you, but keep it in mind. The bed wedge is a god idea - we propped up the matress with some phone books - whatever will help. Hang in there - I know how miserable it can be for both you and the baby.

Sandy - posted on 02/18/2009

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I would recommend calling your pediatrician. Babies are usually grumpy the 2 days after shots but if he is still fussy you should call your doctor's office and they can let you know if you should be concerned or what to do.

Paulette - posted on 02/18/2009

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Well I understand that you want to take him off of it. I gather you want to go the natural route. In having had suffered with reflux myself, I got myself off medicine too. I did this by giving up/reducing soda (just rarely having it), tomatos and tomato sauce and so on. There are more foods the doctor told me about too. My point is...since the little guy is nursing your diet affects his reflux and if you can reduce or elimate these things plus coffee or tea which are also high in acidity...then it will help with him not needing the medicine after a while. Just a thought. I think the best thing to do is look up acid reflux or infantile acid reflux at www.webmd.com. They can me more informative and help you decide to about the medicine. Take care.

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2009

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I do have him on liquid zantac and I was hoping to have him taken off of it to be honest not put on more, we'll have to see as this started after the shots I don't want to assume it's the reflux, if it continues longer than next week perhaps I'll askt he doctor if I can double his dosage, good to know though, thanks!

Paulette - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:



Quoting Paulette:




Hi, Did he run a fever or is he? Is his nose stuffy? Does he seem gassy? Is he sneezing or coughing? How has he been sleeping? Is he sleeping and only waking up to eat? Is he going to sleep and staying asleep or does he was up only after 20-30 minutes later? Does he latch on right away or do you need to reattach him frequently? Does he spit up a little to a lot, frequently?










Nope no fever, his nose is stuffy but was before  the shots also. He is gassy but also something that he was before the shots. He does sneeze and cough but not more than he did before the shots. He is sleeping more often in the day if I nap with him (9:30-11:30 this morning then 1:30-4:30 this after hence the long wait in my reply), yes he spits up a lot but that's part of his acid reflux and it's no more or less than before the shots and he usually latches right away and stays that way until he's done, although he has pulled off a lot in the last few days but usually only near the end of feeding






Hey Rebecca, The reason I ask those question was to see if he was suffering with acid reflux instead of the shots. I would recommend a wedge in his bed, they do sell them and it will help with the reflux. I did this with both of mind. Do you have him on liquid zantac to help? My 2 children did and it was a great help. His crying may be due to the fact he is getting bigger and more symptomatic. When my 2 were on zantac it had to be adjusted as they got bigger. As for the stuffy nose and sneezing most babies go through this but you may want to try an air purifier, it couldn't hurt. Something I was taught was whatever I was eating while nursing so did the baby. So if you are eating green pepper, onion, broccoli, etc...they can cause gassiness in the baby. Napping while he is, fabulous! Great way to take care of yourself. Take care.

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Luana:

My twins were like that after every shot and not to scare you but it lasted 2 weeks every time.when i asked my doctor if it was normal he said that for some children the shots really makes them have mood swings and that the medecine is in your system for up to 2weeks so yeah it was considered normal.They never had a fever or rash or anything besides the major mood swings.Keep making sure health wise that he's ok but besides that there isn't much you can do.Hang in there ,i know it's hard but it will get better.Take care



Thank you I am so glad to know that it's going to end and that it's normal, I hope it doesn't take 2 weeks but this reassures me that he's doing ok, thanks!

Beth - posted on 02/18/2009

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If he is eating fine try not to worry - that is your usual guide but take him to the dr to put your mind at rest - know that these things usually work themselves out - could be unrelated to jabs like Colic? Blue top lip? Different babies react differently to injections - my friends son had a week long reaction to the two months shots - my son cried for a day. My son 1 yr now just had his MMR (mumps measels and rubella) and has been off colour since/a week and half ago with rash, crying and fever but that is common with the live vacinations?

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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my little one just got his shots yeasterday and the doctor sugessted baby tylenol ever four hours. It has worked great.

Paulette - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi, Did he run a fever or is he? Is his nose stuffy? Does he seem gassy? Is he sneezing or coughing? How has he been sleeping? Is he sleeping and only waking up to eat? Is he going to sleep and staying asleep or does he was up only after 20-30 minutes later? Does he latch on right away or do you need to reattach him frequently? Does he spit up a little to a lot, frequently?

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2009

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Nope, no marks at all on his legs, he got the diptheria one and the pneumonia one, and nope no reaction if you touch his legs, I just don't get where all this is coming from and why it hasn't gone away yet, sigh

Paulette - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi Rebecca, OH Honey! Do you see any reaction on his legs where they put the shots in? Which 2 shots did he receive? Does he scream louder if you touch his shot area?

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