how do you help your baby be in less pain after getting 2 month shots??

Brandi - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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my 2 month old has been in such bad pain since we got home from getting her shots. i feel so bad cuz she is hurting so bad. they said to put warm wash clothes on her legs but she screams when we even touch them. : [

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Mary - posted on 12/02/2009

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I am a mother of 6. You can put a warm washcloth on the area where the shot was given. Massage it a lil to make the swelling go down if any. Tylenol is a life saver for lil ones.

Laylani - posted on 12/03/2009

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OMg i know how you feel my lil girl loves to stretch and couldnt because of her shots give her tylenol or motrin, give her a warm bath or just rock her just becareful not to touch her legs other than that there really isnt anything to do. I gave my lil girl tylenol and rocked her and she eventually fell fast asleep, when you hold them after their shots it comforts them and helps them soothe themselves to sleep

Bekki - posted on 12/02/2009

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Never massage an injection site.. It messes with the way the vaccine is absorbed into the system. If you massage an injection site you spread whatever was injected through the surrounding muscle tissue making it take longer to absorb, meaning longer pain.
Baby motrin or tylenol should do the trick.

Chris - posted on 05/08/2014

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AS an RN working with infants/toddlers in a recovery room, I am warning all you mommys about the dangers of Tylenol (acetominophen) Tylenol is extremely destructive to the liver and is the number one cause of acute liver failure in this country. Some pedis are no longer recommending Tylenol for their patients. Ibuprofen has it's own set of problems, too. My daughters pedi has her little patients on Vit C., D3, probiotics and a product called DPT-Tox post DTaP immunizations. So....use tylenol and Ibuprofen at yhour own peril! Her 3 mon old just had his DTaP w/o thimerosol (mercury) yesterday and is doing great!

Claire - posted on 12/02/2009

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i know the feeling when my son had his his 2 month jabs he would screm when we got him home so i would give him calpol and cuddle him to calm him down. we found if we didnt cover his legs he wouldnt scream as much. putting ur lil un to ur chest will calm them down.

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Lori - posted on 08/13/2014

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I have read that Tylenol has been found to be a link to autism. Mom's that took large amounts of Tylenol while pregnant are having children with autism. Plus, once the babies are born a lot of mom's give it to them whenever they get their shots. I'm trying to stay away from Tylenol.

Sarah - posted on 12/08/2009

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try calpol thats what i gave my daughter and it help sooth it and she then slept for 4 hours then when she wokw up she was fine

Carolyn - posted on 12/07/2009

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It was suggested to to give Tylenol before going to the Dr., and continue with more on a scheduled bases. Do you remember how you felt after you had shots. The difference now is that they give 2 - 5 at a time. I think it's a bit much, but think of comfort before the pain, and continue comfort after. Hope she gets to feeling better.

Steph - posted on 12/03/2009

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my bub just had his 2 month shots and he screamed for a bit but i rocked him held him close and sung lullabies and he calmed down and ended up falling asleep not long after. comfort is always best. my partner also had a warm shower with him that night to keep him calm and the warmth on his legs and close contact made him comfy too.

Katie - posted on 12/03/2009

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I gave infant tylenol before the shots kept up with the dosage afterward. We also kept his legs uncovered and cuddled him a lot.

C. - posted on 12/02/2009

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Infant's Tylenol and a lot of love!!!!! Tylenol before the shots if possible and if not, then definitely after the shots, as soon as you can afterwards.

Jennifer - posted on 12/02/2009

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Hi Brandi,
What I've always done with my daughter is to take her in when she is hungry. Have a bottle ready and I always put the liquid tylenol dosage in the bottle (if you breastfeed, then just give her some liquid tylenol right before you go in). As soon as she gets the shot, wrap her up in a soft blanket and feed her. It takes her mind right off of the pain and calms her down because the milk is so soothing to infants. My daughter was always asleep by the time she was done feeding!

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Apply warm washcloths and move her legs a lot (like the motion of riding a bicycle). Movement helps the soreness go away. An appropriate dose of infant tylenol will also help (but ask her doctor first since her weight determines a safe dose).

Alicia - posted on 12/02/2009

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My doctor told me to give my son tylenol for an entire day after the shot (every 4hrs) to relieve the pain. Then only if fever occurs after that. Recently I have become a big fan of Motrin over Tylenol.

Julia - posted on 12/02/2009

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well i usually give my baby a little bit of capol before he goes to get his shots and when he gets home that nite and have a bottle i give him a little bit more. that helps him alot

Tricia - posted on 12/02/2009

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Check with your Dr. about the tylenol before the shots. I know for the flu shots, if you give tylenol before, then the shot doesn't work as well.

April - posted on 12/02/2009

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If you're breastfeeding your baby, you can nurse him while he receives his shots or immediately after to calm him down. A recent study suggests that breastfeeding is a powerful pain reliever, because it combines cuddling, skin-to-skin contact, sucking, and a sweet taste — a soothing antidote to the shock and pain of the needle.

If breastfeeding isn't an option, try to distract your baby as soon as the shots are over by rocking him, talking or singing to him, or even dancing him around the room. Catching his eye with a fun toy never hurts,

Nefertiti - posted on 12/02/2009

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I normally gave the tylenol like two hrs before the shoot tylenol is a fever and pain reducer then I would either wait to see if they are ok if cranking give some moore and put warm rag oon shoot site when got home and rub it alittle but not hard after that day they were fine

Erin - posted on 12/02/2009

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Quoting Naomi:

I dont even give the baby tylenol before shots. tylenol is a fever reducer, and I was advised not to give it unless she runs a fever after. If she got a fever, then the next time give it before. Maybe try Motrin after.



Tylenol is also a pain reliever

Naomi - posted on 12/02/2009

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I dont even give the baby tylenol before shots. tylenol is a fever reducer, and I was advised not to give it unless she runs a fever after. If she got a fever, then the next time give it before. Maybe try Motrin after.

Sherilyn - posted on 12/02/2009

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I just went through this it seemed yesterday and doing it again tis week !! just keep cheaking their tempature and if it is normaland they are sleeping or just a bit edgy there is nothing to worry about :)

April - posted on 12/02/2009

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I have been through it with my son...I knew it was more upset then pain....some babies are just more sensitive to it and some kids get over it quickly or more likely forget it quickly..my daughter would forget shots as soon as she ate again, but my son would hold on to the shot until he felt that he would not get another shot....long memory in infant can be a good thing, but in this one, it's a pain!

Tiffany - posted on 12/02/2009

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ur welcom3 bran.......enjoy the single numbers....lol....0-9months...lol...but we at circle of friends wil be here the whole way

Lydia - posted on 12/02/2009

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Panadol...worked well for our bub. Hopefully it will all pass quickly anyway but panadol will help in the meanwhile

Brandi - posted on 12/02/2009

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thank you guys! my husband is picking up baby tylenol!! and april i think that could be part of it too because i held her really close and rocked her and she finally is taking a nap.

April - posted on 12/02/2009

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it may not be pain as much as her just feeling so angry about the shots...her crying and screaming is just making the pain worse though because it, so calming her will work the best as well as infant tylenol...I do not like giving my kids meds unless they are really sick, but one that that is always recommended is giving this before the shots...not only for the pain but also because it will help prevent a fever, which is a major side effect too shots....a lot of calming holding and cuddling will work wonders of a infant that is feeling so betrayed...you did take them to a place that gave them pain after all (needed pain, but small pain none the less)

CHERYL - posted on 12/02/2009

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GIVE HER SOME TYLENOL... AND A WARM BATH.. IT SHOULD HELP THE PAIN AND MAKE IT SO THAT THE SORE SPOT IS NOT SO TENDER

Erin - posted on 12/02/2009

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they have always told me to give infant Tylenol before they get shots, but since you didn't before then i would now, unless she can't have it.

Donna - posted on 12/02/2009

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Try baby paracetamol. Depending what country you're in (I'm UK) I use Calpol, but there's something in the chemist/Pharmacist to help. My daughter had a slight fever and hot sore legs too, this helps to lower her temperature. It's just a liquid that you can administer via a dropper or a spoon, and comes in nice fruity flavours too (sugar free). Hope she's better soon, she will be ok. Cold, wet wash cloth works well to take the heat out of her legs too

Jennifer - posted on 12/02/2009

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tylenol and don't touch her legs! lol maybe let her sit in a warm bath.

Tiffany - posted on 12/02/2009

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did they tell u to use tylenol,,,,,i gave my kids tylenol before the shots...i want to say rubb it but u said she screams,,,,it should last long tho...i hope this helps ..i never really went through the screaming

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