Your baby’s first major vaccines can be a scary moment when you don’t know what to expect. You are probably worried about how your baby will react and how you can make it go as smoothly as possible. Here is what to expect so you can survive your baby’s first needles:

The Shots

Typically your baby’s first round of major shots occurs at 2 moths old. The vaccines will be administered in a combination of needle sticks and a liquid vaccine. You can expect your baby to receive 3-5 needle sticks. According to the CDC these are the vaccines your baby will receive around 2 months old:

  • Rotavirus
  • Inactivated polio vaccine
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Haemophilus influenza type b disease (Hib)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Hepatitis B

Possible Side Effects

It common for babies to experience minor reactions after receiving vaccines. Usually minor reactions occur during the first few days after vaccines are administered. Contact your pediatrician within 24 hours if mild reactions last longer than this. Vaccine side effects may include:

  • fussiness
  • fatigue 
  • stomach issues, including vomiting and diarrhea
  • low-grade fever

How to Soothe Your Baby

Here a few ways you can soothe your baby during the process of receiving their vaccines and afterwards:

  • Remain calm
  • Hold your baby on your lap during vaccines
  • Bring your babies security items (pacifier, blanket, bottle,etc.)
  • Ask your pediatrician about giving your baby a non-aspirin pain reliever

Hopefully now you can be at ease when it comes time for your babies first needles.

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