Keeping your baby vaccinated according to schedule is very important. It is a way of safeguarding your baby against sicknesses.
Thanks to vaccines, widespread epidemics of such illnesses as smallpox, polio, diphtheria, measles, rubella, and mumps that were serious threats to children in this country are now avoidable.
• The importance of vaccines and why you need to continue vaccinating your child
In order for vaccines to continue protecting your children, children have to continue being vaccinated. That’s where you come in, Mom. Though no parent likes to see a needle headed her child’s way, keeping up with your kid’s vaccines is by far one of the best ways to help keep your child healthy. It’s not easy but it’s a definite must do.
These simple steps will help you:
• Talk to your pediatrician
The day your baby is born you will receive a book issued by the government (pink/blue) according to your child’s gender. This book includes all the vaccination information, the age and the type of vaccines that need to be given. Make sure to talk to your pediatrician and follow this list very carefully.
• Be prepared
Make an effort to help your little one cope with shots by bringing along something distracting (ex: his/her favorite toy, snack). Once the deed is done reward him/her with something he/she likes or wants. This should take his/her mind away from the pain.
• What you need to remember
A baby’s body is very fragile. Most often, after a vaccine a baby will catch a slight temperature. Make sure to talk to your pediatrician and take precautions right after the vaccine or before. This will help your baby heal better and faster.
What you should ‘not’ do
• Do not rub, wet or massage the area that was just injected.
• Do not bathe your baby the following day. Only give a wash with lukewarm water.
• After a vaccine, try not to keep your baby awake. Instead rock him/her to sleep after a feed. Rest is essential for your baby to feel better.