Tylenol before shots?

Sarah - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 93 moms have responded )

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I am taking my son to get his two month shots Friday by myself, this is my first child and I am really scared I heard of giving babies tylenol before there shots to lesson the pain any suggestions?

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Kym - posted on 01/10/2013

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yes, it doesn't hurt to give them Tylenol before there shots, matter a fact a lot of doctors will tell you to give them it before you bring them in anyhow.

Stacey - posted on 10/13/2009

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I have two children one 4 and one 7 years old. My 4yr just had 5 shots and yes I gave her tylenol before and then motrin when we got back. U can alternate tylenol and motrin too. It does help. It is hard to do shots even after so long, but look at this way, it helps them in the long run and only hurts for a sec. then there is a lot of loving and cuddling afterwards. It is harder on mom than baby. U will do fine : )

Ellie - posted on 10/13/2009

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i gave my son Tylenol for his first well-baby shots because he was very upset and slightly feverish. i did not have to do this again until his 1-year well baby, when they had to draw blood AND give him 3 shots (poor guy!) i'm rather stingy with the Tylenol and try to use it as a last resort for anything, but i don't hesitate when he's sick and seems feverish or just plain miserable because of how bad he feels. your kid, your call. obviously moms have done one or the other, and all of us seem to be just fine.

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2013

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we still recommend alternating tylenol and ibuprofen especially if they are having trouble bringing down the fever. but we say alternate every three hours. This is still safe and a practice still used in the hospitals if needed

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2013

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it no longer recommended giving tylenol before shots. It decreases the efficacy of the vaccines. They say not to give for at least 30-60 minutes after the shot as this an affect it as well.

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Twotwomom - posted on 01/04/2013

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NEVER alternate Tylenol and Motrin. Pediatricians are discouraging what some were once encouraging with this practice because it was having negative effects on children and causing over dosing with the mix of the two in the bloodstream. One is a 4 hour drug, one is a 6 hour drug and in the overlap they will mix and cause problems. NOT a good idea! In addition some kids (even adults) cannot take advil or ibuprofin (motrin) because it can cause bleeding ulcers without even knowing it until a serious problem starts that can be life threatening and it's not always hereditary or knowing who will or won't. Just not a good idea.

Emilia - posted on 10/26/2009

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yes i did the same and still do for my 16yr old and 4yr old and 7yr old and it works good for them so they wont get a fever it helps alot

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I always give my kids Tylenol before their shots. I was worried about it also, but it was actually recommended by our pediatrician to take the "edge" off of any side effects later, too.

Melissa - posted on 10/19/2009

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I have always given my boys tylenol 1 hour before they got shots. It lessens the pain and the fever wont kick in. I found after their shots they were fine until about an hour after then they got cranky and had fevers, so after my 1st experience I always gave them tylenol, after 1 i started with motrin. Their pediatrician also recommended it as well.

Tianna - posted on 10/19/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

Tylenol before shots?

I am taking my son to get his two month shots Friday by myself, this is my first child and I am really scared I heard of giving babies tylenol before there shots to lesson the pain any suggestions?



ya but give them something other then tylenol it was recalled get a generic kind. i have 2 children and it is way easyer. about 30 to 40 min befor doc app

Stacey - posted on 10/19/2009

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NO PROBLEM, i have a 4 year old and a 7 week old. I always gave my older son tylenol and when i take the younger one for his shots he will get it too. It's like if you could predict a headache wouldn't you take something before hand to ease it or stop the pain all together. To me it just makes sense.

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What my Dr. told us to do was give the baby Tylenol befor getting the shots, then 2-3 hrs later dose the baby with ibprofin for infants. Keep switching between the 2 meds. that way they stay "doped up" without anthing wearing off

Kelley - posted on 10/19/2009

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yes give the baby tylenol ask your pedrictian for the dosage it is better because sometimes they run fevers from the shots it wont hurt them. I have twins and the one time i did not give them tylonol they ran fevers

Tracy - posted on 10/18/2009

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I will tell you I have three children and our doctor suggested it but not pain. He suggested it to reduce the risk of a fever from the shots. I did it for all three of my children and it worked out well no fevers or very low grade.

Valerie - posted on 10/18/2009

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yes,i belive in giving them tylenol before shots.it gives you the edge because normally they run a little fever.the fever was never bad because i always gave them tylenol 30 minutes before their shots,and it helps with the pain too!

Bethany - posted on 10/18/2009

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goodness NO! You need to watch for signs of a bad reaction to the shot afterwards for 15 minutes, like fever, etc, which can be masked by pain and fever releif such as Tylenol, Panadol, etc.

In Australia we are told by our Health nurses and doctors to never give pain relief before a shot.

All the products work within 15 or 20 minutes usually anyway, so it won't make that much difference, and then any reaction won't go undetected.

If you havn't had complications up until now, you're just lucky.

Mandie - posted on 10/17/2009

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yes, Give you're baby Tylenol or motrine 1 hour before shots, I have done it with both of my Kids.. It really helps!

Kristen - posted on 10/17/2009

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I have three children and befor all of their shots i have given then tylenol and hour befor the shots. I only missed giving it to my youngest 2x anad never again will I forget. I think it helps!!

Cindi - posted on 10/17/2009

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I think Tylenol is good. Not for lessoning the pain but for the fever they sometimes get with shots. It seemed everytime my son gets shots he always gets a fever! So I say yes that is a very good idea.

Jennifer - posted on 10/17/2009

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Quoting Sarah:

Tylenol before shots?

I am taking my son to get his two month shots Friday by myself, this is my first child and I am really scared I heard of giving babies tylenol before there shots to lesson the pain any suggestions?



I don't know if you gave your child the Tylenol, but I have given it to my two girls before taking them for their shots, and later on in that same day, to make sure the pain goes away.  They were both fine.

Brandy - posted on 10/17/2009

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I saw something on the news last night and it is being tested but they think that giving tylenol for shots may make the vaccines not work as well.

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Give the baby the recommended dosage of tylenol 1 hour before shots. Some shots will cause children to have a temperature and make the area tender. Tylenol seems to lessen it. I have two girls and never had a problem with fever after a shot because I gave both tylenol. Hope this helps!

Carol - posted on 10/16/2009

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Yes, I have 4 children & have given them all Tylenol before immunizations about 1/2 hour before so ... Also, another helpful hint: Sometimes thier arm may be sore afterwards - a nice warm bath is good and let them splash about, you want your child to move his/her arm & not keep it stiff ...

Iris - posted on 10/16/2009

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Well I usually gave my son tylenol if he needed it afterwards. Never gave it to him before. He was my first baby and my only child. So, give it to him after he has his shots.. And tylenol is the best medicine to give to him..

Samantha - posted on 10/16/2009

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it works my son is 16 months now and his pediatrition reccomended it it isn't gonna hurt him but my suggestion is to give it to him when you are leaving or about a half hour before his appointment plus it helps them nap afterwards lol at least with my zander it did

Tracy - posted on 10/16/2009

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Well i wouldnt give the tylonol until after the shots because you want to make sure there are no symptoms that you may cover up by giving the tylonol before the shot. The shots arent really that bad they usually only cry for a moment if they even cry at all. I have 2 boys and neither of them really cried much when they got shots. Just take a deep breathe and try not to cry with them it's not as bad as it seems. Good luck i took my mom with me for my first son's first shots. :)

Melanie - posted on 10/16/2009

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I give my kiddos some Motrin (it seems to have helped longer & better then tylenol) I know the Dr's office always suggests tylenol first but with all 4 of my kids the motrin has worked far better. It tookt he soreness away, plus it didn't wear off fast so they were much better off. Usually mine sleep about 40 or so minutes after the shots and wake up less cranky as well. Use what you fit is best, but I do suggest giving them something before.

CONNIE - posted on 10/16/2009

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Hi Sarah, I was a nurse for 16 years and yes it is best to give the child tylenol at least 30 min prior to getting the shots. It will not only lessen the pain but will also help with the fever that some children do develop after their injections when you get home be sure to put a warm rag over the areas that he gets his injections to help with the swelling. some kids do also develop a lump in the same area dont panic it is normal an d should go away by the next day be sure to move his legs around every so often so that he wont be sore.. If he does develop a fever it is best to rotate tylenol and motrin so that it will stop the fever faster and it also prevents his body from building a tolerance to the tylenol. You can ask your dr for a RX for they motrin if you dont have any at home your insurance company will pay for it. of course if your copay is more than the motrin then a otc med would be better. good luck!

Genna - posted on 10/15/2009

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Children's tylenol has recently been flagged w/ concerns after recent lab tests. Do a google search and it will give you several different articles w/in the last year that have shown warning signs w/ the children's version in particular, i know at one point a few months ago it was removed from shelves. I can offer no other alternative ideas myself, we do not vaccinate our children for a number of reasons (derived from a mass amount of research), however, there is most likely something else you would be able to give him:)

Melany - posted on 10/15/2009

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for his first shots i would prob wait till after if he starts running a fever or is in a lot of pain because if he ends up with a allergic reaction ur not gonna kno if it's from the shots or the Tylenol. I know with my daughter she always gets fevers so my doctor said 2 start giving it 2 her before hand. It's totally up 2 u but maybe u should call ur doc before hand they kno better then we do. best of luck!!!!!

Tara - posted on 10/15/2009

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I used to give it before the vaccinations but i stopped doing that. its totally not needed in my opinion unless they have a common a reaction afterwards like a fever or are fussy. Otherwise youre just pumping more drugs into them.

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I just went through the exact same thing!! I took my son for his 2 month on the 5th and I was terrified of giving him tylenol for the first time. I eventually did it about a half hour before the appt. I'm SO HAPPY that I did! He wasnt fussy, he didn't get fevers, he did great after the shots! I know it's scary, but it definately helps!

Vanessa - posted on 10/15/2009

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As an Medical Assistant who worked at a peds office for a year and I am a mother of a 2 y/o, I suggest tylenol. If your not comfortable giving the tylenol then you can offer 1 ounce of warm water with a dash of sugar. The doctor I worked for actually told me that she believed the sugar water helped more then the tylenol. Also, as part of my job I did the immunizations, which is hard. Most of the time the first time parents freak out more then the baby, the babies usually only cry for 1 minute tops- some don't even flinch! The best advice I can give is to not look when they poke, that helps.



Also- a slight fever is normal...as is a little more fussing then normal. Things to look out for is redness/swelling and a high fever. In the case of any of that call you Dr. IMMEDIATELY!! Good luck- it gets easier!

Tricia - posted on 10/15/2009

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Definitely! Tylenol not only lessens the pain but reduces the chances of fever and crankiness.

Amanda - posted on 10/15/2009

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i gave tylenol and hour before there shots and then at night when i gave them a warm bath i let them soak and would lay the washrags on their leg. When i got them out i would rub alcohol on the spot where the shots were and that helps take the fever out. i know its hard being a new mom. sometimes the shots make them hurt and run fevers and with some it dont phase them. but either way, its only a shot and hurts your feelings more then it does them, take a box of tissue or shove them in your pocket, you will prob need. but some good advice for when they get older. the less of a deal you make out of it the better off you will be and they wont even be crying when you leave the room or the office.

Julie - posted on 10/15/2009

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WHEN I TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO GET HER 1ST SHOTS I WAS TOTALLY CLUELESS! THE DR ASKED IF I HAD GIVEN HER ANY AND I SAID NO. HE SAID NOT TO WORRY WE WILL DO IT. THEY CAME IN GAVE IT TO HER THEN THE SHOTS A FEW MINUTES LATER...SHE WAS TOTALLY FINE. I JUST TOOK HER FOR HER 2ND ROUND OF SHOTS YESTERDAY. I DIDN'T GIVE HER ANYTHING BEFORE WE LEFT THINKING THAT THEY WOULD GIVE IT TO HER LIKE THE FIRST TIME. WOW WAS I WRONG! THEY JUST CAME IN AND GAVE HER THE SHOTS AND SHE SCREAMED BLOODY MURDER! SHE DIDN'T STOP CRYING UNTIL I STOPPED AT THE PHARMACY RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET AND GOT HER SOME! IT REALLY DOES HELP!! I STRONGLY RECOMMEND ASKING THE DR. TO GIVE HIM TYLENOL BEFORE THEY DO THEIR SHOTS IF YOU'RE UNSURE ABOUT THE DOSEAGE...THEY HAVE A CHART THAT TELLS HOW MUCH TO GIVE HIM. HOPE EVERYTHING WORKS OUT!

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2009

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I have given my daughter Tylenol every time I took her to get shots she has never run a fever or been cranky afterwards so I will continue to do so, it seems to work for her! Hope this was helpful good luck!!

ARIANE - posted on 10/15/2009

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tylenol is recommended about 1 hr before baby gets shots, my son is 5 months, i did the tylenol at 2 and 4 month shots...he didnt need it though... he was fine after his shots both times..its also used in case baby develops fever/pain.. ..which is rare too..his DOC says its usually when they are like 1 yr plus...becuz they know that it'll sting and they dont like that .....i believe the dosage is 2ml....but double check with your baby's PEDI....

Kathryn - posted on 10/15/2009

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my doctor told me to give my son infant tylenol and prescribe it to him (military doctors). me son is 2 now and i give it to him right before i leave for the hospital when he is due to get shots

Becky - posted on 10/15/2009

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I agree with all the mothers who give their child tylenol before shots. My oldest child is 11 & I still give him tylenol an hour before he gets his shots to reduce not only the fever & aches but pain also.

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i always give my baby tylenol after her shots and shes fine no fever at all.. it makes her feel better and relaxed..

Bobbie - posted on 10/15/2009

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give it about an hour before and thing will be a lot better at least it was that way for my four children

Carly - posted on 10/15/2009

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For my baby's 2 month shots I gave him Tylenol beforehand. For his four month shots I didn't give him any until after. In both cases he was hot to the touch, but not feverish. The Tylenol helped with the irritability. The shots are going to sting regardless. You'll be fine. It's tough to watch, but he'll be fine as well. Good luck.

Juanita - posted on 10/15/2009

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I did with my little one, about an hour before her appt. She fussed for a tiny bit, then she ate and went to sleep. When she woke up, she was fine. Her legs were a little puffy, lol, but she wast in a bad mood at all! It helps..!!

Dipali - posted on 10/15/2009

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Hi,

I would totally recommend to give tylenol before the shots. It eases the pain and also the fever and the bodyache that normally kids get after the shot. My daughter is 3 and I still give her, so that way she will be less cranky afterwords.Try to give the minimum dose atleast an hour to 45 mins before the shots.



Good luck.

Season - posted on 10/15/2009

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my mother in law always told me to give my baby Tylenol b4 goin to get shots. but i'm not big on medicine and it givin it to my baby made me feel even worse. but i've only done the medicine b4, once when she was younger. i was also told tht a nice warm bath to relax the muscles after the shots is a good idea too. i liked tht one. it's medicine free. lol my daughter never had gotten a fever from the shots although i made sure the whole day through.she just recently got her flu and hep A shot. she is 20 months. i did not give her any medicine to ease the pain. she did cry while it happened but once it was over and we were leavin she was fine. her legs do get tender around the shot area so try to avoid touchin there. put comfy, easy to move in clothes on, like sweat or something tht was it doesn't make it hurt worse. but i agree with stephanie hibler. hope these comments help u make a decision ur comfy with! only do wats right in ur mind. ur baby will be fine!

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I always give my little guy tylenol before booster shots. I've been doing it since his 2nd visit when I learned my lesson with the 1st set. he was lethargic and slept the entire day afterwards. a little scary but he was fine just very sleepy. ever since I started with the medicine we have had absolutely no issues.

Julie - posted on 10/15/2009

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i have a 22 month old and shes had all het shots until shes 4. i always gave panadol a half hour before shots and found it to be helpful. She used to cry for 5 mins and then i would give her a feed.

Nykole - posted on 10/14/2009

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I'm not huge on giving childrem medicine unless they need it, so i waited to see how they would do. Only gave it to her once she got a little fever otherwise my girls did fine with their shots. I say wait until after. worse case senario you have to deal with aan unhappy little one for at most 30 minutes. If they do fine you didnt have to give your child medicine he/she didnt need. hope that helps :)

Stacie - posted on 10/14/2009

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Let me tell ya I gave both my kids tylenol before their shots and in a personal opinion it helps with fevers and the crying during and after the shots

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