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Saturday, October 26, 2013

4 Month Shots



Since my young lady was up for her 4 month shots (already?!) this week I thought I'd put the info together for anyone needing it. I've spoken with several Moms and had mixed reviews about how their kiddies handled them- but this is to be expected. 

Like the 2 month shots, kiddies get the following:

DTaP-HB-IPV-Hib
(diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b)

Pneumococcal conjugate ‡

Rotavirus

Following the shots your baby may cry and be temperamental or bounce right back to themselves; some  may be drowsy & sleep for most of the rest of the day. I've known Moms who've experienced both ends of the extreme. If your little one doesn't handle the shots well, a cute remedy is to use rattle socks or attach light weight toys to their ankles (like the little velcro ones that wrap around handles) to encourage them to move their legs. A friend of mine's little guy didn't react well to his shots and she said this helped him feel better. 


Other common symptoms are slight swelling & redness surrounding the injection area. However, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, if your child shows one or more of the following symptoms after their shots you should contact your doctor:


- has a fever above 40°C or 104°F
- has a seizure or convulsions (often associated with a very high fever)
- swelling worsening around the injection site
- 'unusually sleepy' or non responsive
Source: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/iyc-vve/pgi-gpv/section6-eng.php

If you're unsure about how your baby is reacting, you can call 811 and speak with an RN. While they encourage you to speak with a doctor about anything of serious concern, they can help advise you. 

You can view the BC Immunization Schedule for kids 0- 6 here.

For more info on immunizations check out my post re. the 2 month shots

I hope your lil bumpkins do ok with their shots! I always plan for the worst (have that coffee on hand!) and hope for the best! I think as parents that's all we can do. :)