Vaccinations and Fevers?

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, my 6 month old just went for his shots, and the very next day he awoke with a temperature of 38.5 degrees, I called the local health link, and they said he was right on the bubble, should I be worried?

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Jaclyn - posted on 02/27/2009

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Thx, ya it's hard sometimes you wish they could just tell you whats wrong! lol

Anne - posted on 02/27/2009

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hi i found the best thing to bring the fever down was either panadol or nurofen plus. if a child has a fever and it spikes when you take them into the hospital  all they will do is give them is panadol.. i he is not going limp,vague or has not come up in lumps around wherethe injections were administered then the panadol or nurofen will work a treat



 

Stephanie - posted on 02/26/2009

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it can take up to 3 days for them to fully recover, but I would deffinately check her over entirely, remember she could be at a growth spurt, if shes 2 months, shes due for one, she may just be hungrynext time shes crying try feeding her again, rule out everything before you give her medication she may not need

Jaclyn - posted on 02/26/2009

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speaking of vaccinations...I have a 2mth old and she just got her first shots 2 days ago.  Shes a pretty quiet baby, but today she was crying so  much. Just wondering how many days after the shots do they still feel the pain and should I give her more tylonol. I gave her a dose of tylonol yesterday, but not today...I don't want to give her medication if her crying is something else.

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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alright, thank you so much for all your help. I think I'll add you to my fb friends if you don't mind so I have an outsiders advice on things, much appreicated!

Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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Personally I didn't learn much from my prenatal class, and have never taken a parenting class. I get a lot of advice from my mom and older sister when I need it, and will research specific issues as they come up. I occasionally read a parenting book (ie Supernanny or whatever). You really have to use common sense and instinct. But don't discount the wisdom there can be in talking to someone who has raised their children successfully. Always use your judgement, and don't just do something because "Dr. So and so says." Make sure it makes sense to you. I love psychology, so I read anything that will give insight into how people's minds work. And children's minds basically work the same way adults' do, they just don't have all the knowledge, experience, and ability to see the broad spectrum. My parents didn't have a manual for me, they did what they could figure out or got advice from other parents and used what they thought would work. I am doing the same. Not taking a class doesn't make you dumb. Choosing to not learn anything or be open to learning does (I hope that makes sense... sometimes what I say doesn't come across as what I mean even tho it makes sense to me.) You can message me anytime if you want to chat or have questions or whatever, but for tonight I think I'm headed for bed.

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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yes he is my first, and I was absoloutly baby "dumb", Ive never taken a prenatal class, or parenting class, so Im just going off of instinct.

Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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I have a 7 yr old and a 5 1/2 month old. Both girls. Is this your first? I panicked over every little thing with my first but am more relaxed with my second. You eventually get a sense of how things should be. Doctors can't do anything if the problem is viral, unless they get dehydrated, so you learn what to do, what helps, how to calm them. It's one of those learn - as - you - go things.

Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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aww it's so hard when your baby is sick. I totally understand where you're at. The peeing and crying are two big indicators. Have you given him Tylenol? You can if you want. It might make him more comfortable so he can sleep. That is one thing he really needs, to fight this off. Hope I helped a little bit. If you are really concerned, take him in. Some docs get sick of seeing "paranoid moms" but I say, it's better to be safe than sorry. I try to not be over paranoid but hey, if I won't protect my child, who will? Good luck. Remember, this too shall pass.

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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yes he is still peeing and crying, I guess Im just a little nervous because he has never had a fever this bad before, he threw up this afternoon, and it was just pure baby food and pablum, and ofcourse he feels like crap, I tried to give him a bath in the afternoon so he could kick his legs around abit and take the edge off of his legs (where he got the shots), but he was just not a happy camper

Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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Personally, I give my baby a bit of gatorade mixed with water. There are some on here that will tell you that's a terrible thing to do, but neither of my kids would take pedialyte. The important thing is, get fluids in him. He should be ok with the gatorade as long as you dilute it (I put about 1/2 oz gatorade in 4 or 5 oz of water). There is sugar and stuff in it, so you don't want to give him too much but sometimes that's all you can do to keep him hydrated. Is he still peeing normally? Does he still make tears when he cries? Those are good signs that he's not dehydrating yet, but try to encourage fluids. Health links always tells me not to give water, they get fluid from formula or breastmilk, but sometimes I think they get thirsty.

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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yes, it is, I currently have him sleeping in just a diper shirt to try to bring the fever down, I was also considering giving him gatorade? Is he too young? or is it the equvalent to pedialyte?

Crystal - posted on 02/25/2009

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Watch him closely. It is quite common for kids to get sick for a few days after their shots. If it gets worse or isn't showing any signs of getting better, have him looked at. He will also likely be cranky and tired. This too is normal. Good luck, I hope it clears up fast. Sick babies are very stressful.

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