During influenza vaccination, it is common for many babies to react with some symptoms such as discomfort, swelling, redness, or even fever. The pain of the vaccine usually appears about 48 hours after the injection and persists for up to three days.
As normal as it is, because of the injection in the muscle, many moms may be worried. That’s why we’ve separated some tips that can ease the discomfort of the little ones.
What to do when the baby feels the pain of the vaccine?
Besides a lot of collet and chamego with the little one, some simple tips can relieve the symptoms. Check them out:
- Cold compress: moisten a cloth with cold water and apply it to the sore spot throughout the day until the pain disappears;
- Stay calm: The mother’s peace of mind can also keep the baby calm, so that the muscles are relaxed, easing the pain;
- Massage in the region: Massaging the baby’s skin gently in the sore spot may lessen the discomfort;
- Antipyretics and analgesics: to relieve fever and headache, medicines prescribed by the doctor, such as paracetamol, can be taken;
- Be there: hug, kiss and hold your son’s hand. Show him that he is safe in your presence. This will make the moment of the vaccine not a traumatic reminder.
When to see a doctor?
If the fever lasts for more than three days and the pain or redness remains for more than a week, see your pediatrician, as the symptoms may be a result of allergy to some compound present in the vaccine.
Keep an eye on D-day!
Next Monday, May 11, the stage of the flu vaccination campaign that includes children from 6 months to 6 incomplete years begins. People over 55, pregnant women, postpartum mothers and people with disabilities are also part of the group that should be vaccinated at this stage, which should go until June 5.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), currently around two to three million deaths per year are prevented through immunization.
In this way, the benefit gained from the application is much greater than the discomfort of the vaccine pain. Therefore, moms, follow the vaccination calendar correctly and apply all recommended vaccines!
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