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Your baby’s first shots

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 30-05-2007

Babies usually make their first visit to the hospital by the age of two months. Even if your baby appears healthy, it is important for you to make an appointment for a routine checkup. Visits to the doctor are also necessary to protect the babies from several infectious diseases by using vaccine suitable for their age.


 


By the age of two months, children are typically given vaccines for the following:



  • DPT/POLIO/HIB (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Haemophilus Influenzae type B)

  • Hepatitis B

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  • Varicella

  • Pneumococcal conjugate

In addition, some babies may receive Vitamin K shots to protect them from rare bleeding disorders.


 


Some important tips for parents:



  • Ask the doctor or health professional for more information on the disease prevention, schedules, and the mandatory vaccines.


  • Regular vaccinations suitable for your baby’s age are important. Stick to the schedule prescribed by your doctor.


  • Do not miss a dose. Even if you start late or miss a dose, speak to the doctor about the right time to administer a vaccine.


  • After immunization, babies may experience redness, soreness, fever, or swelling at the injection site, which is no cause for worry. Keeping a cool cloth on the affected site will help to reduce the reaction.


  • In rare cases, some children tend to develop allergic reactions such as high fever or loss of consciousness. Consult your doctor immediately.


  • Contact your doctor, if your child develops a fever. Your doctor may prescribe medication to make the child feel comfortable.

 

8 comments
heather
heather

how many shots does a infant get when there are 2mths old if someone can tell i would like that so i know for my baby on monday thanks

Cassie
Cassie

I took my 2 month old baby today for her shots and she got 3. Then she goes back at 4 months to get 2 more.

Jean
Jean

So right after the shots my baby girl screamed louder and longer than ever before. It was awful. Once I could FINALLY get her calm she nursed until she passed out. Later that day again she went from calm to screaming in 2 seconds flat, which is not like her. The following day again, went from calm and happy to screaming in 2 seconds flat TWICE in just the morning. What is going on? Should I be alarmed by this? I've never let her cry or get upset before and its like they taught her how to get screaming-upset quickly.

Eric
Eric

CDC offers a printable guide at: cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/child-schedule.htm

Eric
Eric

CDC offers a printable guide at: cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/child-schedule.htm

heather
heather

how many shots does a infant get when there are 2mths old if someone can tell i would like that so i know for my baby on monday thanks

Cassie
Cassie

I took my 2 month old baby today for her shots and she got 3. Then she goes back at 4 months to get 2 more.

Jean
Jean

So right after the shots my baby girl screamed louder and longer than ever before. It was awful. Once I could FINALLY get her calm she nursed until she passed out. Later that day again she went from calm to screaming in 2 seconds flat, which is not like her. The following day again, went from calm and happy to screaming in 2 seconds flat TWICE in just the morning. What is going on? Should I be alarmed by this? I've never let her cry or get upset before and its like they taught her how to get screaming-upset quickly.