As your baby grows and develops, your breast milk will no longer be able to provide the necessary antibodies to protect them and stave off infection. It will soon be time for their first jabs.
For new parents, this is a big milestone in their babyís growth and a key part of protecting them from life-threatening diseases. At Chemist Direct, we understand how important this is for you and your child. So, this article will provide you with everything you need to know about your babyís first jabs.
What Jabs Should Your Baby Get?
When your baby approaches 8 weeks old, you should look to getting inoculated with the 6-in-1 Vaccine, PCV Vaccine, and MenB Vaccine. These will provide your baby with the necessary protection.
The 6-in-1 Vaccine (*) will provide your baby with vital protection against six separate diseases:
- Whooping Cough/Pertussis
- Haemophilus Influenza Type B or commonly known as Hib
- Hepatitis B
The PCV Vaccine (*) protects against pneumococcal infections. Potentially fatal, these are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus. When infected, it can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (this is a type of blood poisoning) and meningitis. For babies and infants, this can be very dangerous. At their worst, they can cause permanent damage to the brain or even result in death.
The MenB Vaccine is designed to protect your baby against the meningococcal group B bacteria. This can cause meningitis and sepsis, a type of blood poisoning. This can lead to brain damage, amputation of limbs and can result in death.
Pain Relief Before Inoculation
Their first jabs can be upsetting as jabs can be painful and confusing. They donít understand what is happening and the purpose behind the inoculation, how itís to protects them from life-threatening diseases. At that moment in time, they simply understand that theyíre being hurt.
It is why the experience can be quite traumatic for new mothers and infants. However, donít worry, you can help your baby through this experience and makes it as easy as possible.
There are local anaesthetics that you can use to suppress the pain of the needles. Creams such as Emla Cream can help numb areas of skin before inoculations and vaccinations as well as minor skin procedures.
Emla Cream is a topical anaesthetic. It has been specially designed to numb the skin and injection areas for needle procedures such as immunisations, vaccinations, blood tests and cannula insertion. It is also used in cosmetic procedures that involve needles or laser hair removal.
For parents taken their infants and children for their jabs, Elma Cream is a must-have. Simply apply the cream to the injection area 60 minutes before your babyís jab and make the experience much easier for everyone involved.
It is important to read any instructions before using the cream. If you are unsure if Emla Cream is suitable for your infant, consult your pharmacist or healthcare provider.
Pain Relief After Inoculation
After inoculation, your baby may be upset for a while and irritable in the evening. This is a normal reaction to their first jabs but it can be difficult to soothe them at bedtime. It is why you should consider clearing your schedule for the day and the day after to support your baby as well as get through a difficult night.
After immunisation, it is not uncommon for your child to experience side effects such as pain, swelling, redness or a hard lump at the area of the injection. Some children may develop mild fevers afterwards.
For other vaccinations, parents are advised to wait till symptoms appear till giving infant paracetamol or similar pain relief medicine such as Calpol to provide relief.
If your baby begins to feel sick, begins vomiting or experience diarrhoea and you are concerned, immediate action is needed. See a doctor immediate.
If your baby is under three months old and has a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher, or has a febrile seizure, see a doctor immediately.
At Chemist Direct, we understand that your babyís first jabs is important. It is also a stressful time for new parents and infants. With over two decades helping British mums and dads, we work hard to provide our customers with the best products at the best price. Check out our baby medicine today.
This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328