After the shots.what to do if your child has discomfort (no dosing table)
What to do if your child has discomfort
I think my child has a fever. What should I do?
Check your child’s temperature to find out if there is a fever. An easy way
Your child may need extra love and care
to do this is by taking a temperature in the armpit using an electronic ther-
after getting vaccinated. Some vaccinations
mometer (or by using the method of temperature-taking your healthcare
that protect children from serious diseases
provider recommends). If your child has a temperature that your healthcare
also can cause discomfort for a while.
provider has told you to be concerned about or if you have questions, call
Here are answers to questions many parents
have after their children have been vaccinated. If this sheet doesn’t answer your
Here are some things you can do to help reduce fever:
questions, call your healthcare provider.
n Dress your child lightly. Do not cover or wrap your child tightly.
Vaccinations may hurt a little . . .
n Give your child a fever- or pain-reducing medicine such as acetamino-
but disease can hurt a lot!
phen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil, Motrin). The dose you give your child should be based on your child’s weight and your healthcare provider’s instructions. Do not give aspirin.
Recheck your child’s tempera-ture after 1 hour. Call your healthcare provider if you have questions.
Call your healthcare provider right
My child has been fussy since getting vaccinated. What should
away if you answer “yes” to any of
the following questions:
After vaccination, children may be fussy because of pain or fever. To reduce
discomfort, you may want to give your child a medicine such as acetami n-
ophen or ibuprofen. Do not give aspirin.
If your child is fussy for more than
24 hours, call your healthcare provider.
My child’s leg or arm is swollen, hot, and red. What should I do?
n Apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the sore area for comfort.
n For pain, give a medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, accord-
ing to your healthcare provider’s instructions (see box below). Do not give
n If the redness or tenderness increases after 24 hours, call your healthcare
My child seems really sick. Should I call my healthcare provider?
If you are worried at all
about how your child looks or feels, call your health-
please fill in the information below.
If your child’s temperature is °F or °C or higher, or if you have questions, call your healthcare provider.
Name of medication/type of formulation
Technical content reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 2011.
Immunization Action Coalition
1573 Selby Avenue n St. Paul, Minnesota 55104 n www.vaccineinformation.org n www.immunize.org
www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4014.pdf n Item #P4014 (9/11)
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