This week my little daughter turned 8 weeks old, and we were told by the doctor during our regular checkup appointment that she is ready for the next set of vaccinations. Since we were at the doctor’s office for the checkup anyway, we decided to go ahead with the shots. She actually received 2 shots (one in each leg) and another vaccine orally. Let me say, if the needle pricks in the legs weren’t bad enough, what followed over the next several hours made it even worse.
Everything seemed just fine for several hours after she received the shots, then things started to change. As we were getting ready for her next feeding, she started fussing, then crying, then screaming at the top of her lungs, and she was inconsolable. Usually she eats well, even if she is crying, most time she will calm down to take the bottle, however this time things were different. No matter what we tried, she would not stop crying so that she could eat. At one point we decided to take her temperature which showed 100.4 degrees, so we called the doctor’s office to get some advise.
Apparently low-grade fever, pain, discomfort and fussiness were all side effects of one or more of the vaccinations she received. The recommendation was to give her a very small dose of Children’s Tylenol for the fever and the pain.
I actually didn’t expect the Tylenol to help, but after about an hour the fever subsided and she calmed down, even enough to finish a whole meal. Twenty four hours after the shots, she is still feeling the effects and we are told that the side effects can last 2-3 days. I’m hoping that over the next 24 hours these side effects she is suffering from will resolve as we continue to give her the Tylenol every 4 hours as directed by the doctor.
For reference, these are the immunizations she received:
- DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
- Pneumococcal Conjugate
It is unclear which specific vaccine caused the side effects, but apparently we will have to go through this again in another couple of months. Hopefully she will be able to tolerate the vaccines a little better the second time around.
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