Is she having a reaction or is she sick?

Rebekah - posted on 11/24/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 weeks old and at her dr appt yesterday they gave her a Hep B shot. Normally my baby only cries when she is hungry or extremely bored. And she slept 6 hours straight 3 nights ago! I have the best baby in the world! But about 6 hours after her shot we were at Target and I was stopped by another mom who was adoring how my daughter was sitting there silently and alert. All of a sudden my daughter starts WAILING! The other mom suggested maybe it was gas, but I assumed as usual she was just very hungry. Well she screamed all the way to the car (I'm a breastfeeding mom but I supplement about 4 oz of formula a day) and after she had eaten 2 oz of formula she was still upset. I breast fed her until she fell asleep and I thought it was the end of it. She slept in her carseat for a few hours after we'd gotten home and around 6 or 7 pm she woke up. She was fussy and wanted to be held by me or daddy. She ate a few more times before bed and went down around 9:30. She woke up EVERY HOUR AND A HALF ALL NIGHT! And she had 4 runnier than usual poopy diapers! These aren't typical reaction symptoms for a Hepb vaccine...so does anyone know what's going on with my poor baby?

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Melany - posted on 11/25/2009

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My daughter always reacts 2 the shots she gets a fever and really fussy and clingy! Her first shots she got done she did the same thing that u described ur daughter doing i called my dr and she told me 2 give her a lil baby tylanol according 2 her wight and it helped a lot!! well best of luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 11/24/2009

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I totally agree that you should call your child's doctor on this one, just to make sure. If you ever have questions like this, don't hesitate to call them. Most doctor offices don't mind, and if they do, it's time to get a new one!

Caryn - posted on 11/24/2009

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You should probably call your childs dr on this one. It may jst be that she has something as simple as a tummy bug that she picked up in the waiting room at the drs office or it could be a reaction to her shots.

Off the top of my head I don't remember what the more "common" reactions are to Hep B shots but fussiness/gas/iretablity are almost always reactions that babies/kids have to shots.

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