Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vaccinations - 2 Month Update

Posted by Katrina at 5:00 AM
Between birth and 6 months of age, your baby will go through a number of vaccinations. On the date of birth, they give the baby one vaccine against Hepatitis B which will need to come with a follow-up vaccination at 2 months. You will receive a small yellow folded chart sheet which you will keep. This chart holds record of all of your child's vaccinations. It is very important to hold onto this sheet and never lose it.

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Yesterday we went to the pediatrician for baby's 2 month check up and vaccination.

His check up went great! He is growing perfectly! His height is above average and his weight is coming on quickly! He gained 4 pounds 6 ounces since his last appointment!

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Now came the hard part...the vaccines! I knew it would most likely be harder for me since I had to watch my baby get poked in the leg and cry, but you have to remember that it is for his own good. The nurse came into the room with a tray that contained the vaccinations.

The first vaccine he was given was the Rotavirus vaccine. It is taken orally.

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Then he got the first shot into his left leg, and then another one in his right leg. He was so brave! He only cried for a little bit. The nurse said the last shot may hurt a bit since it is the most potent vaccine and it may burn a little when injected.

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He took it like a champ. He had no side effects and has been just slightly more cranky than normally. His temperature is normal and he seems happy! His next appointment and vaccination is in 2 months, when he will be 4 months old.

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Your doctor will give you a pamphlet which describes all the vaccinations your child will be given as well as the disease these vaccinations are for. The pamphlet will also guide you into what do to if your child develops a fever or has some other side effects to the vaccine.

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