4-Month Immunizations: What To Expect

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While vaccinating your baby is a great idea that can help them to be healthier in the long run, it is never fun for the child or parent. The four-month shots specifically can be a challenge for parents. These shots usually coincide with the four-month sleep regression, so parents and baby could both be suffering from lack of sleep. Here are a few things that you may be able to expect from your baby after their second dose of immunizations

1. Eating Less

Some babies lose interest in eating after their vaccines. This may be because of a strange taste in their mouth, or due to exhaustion from all that crying. Either way, you should still offer to feed your baby regularly, and perhaps a little more than normal. Eating will both distract them from their injections as well as comfort them from their pain. 

2. Extra Fussy

Most babies are extra fussy after injections. While some babies may be able to be distracted away from their pain, some will just demand to be held for hours. This is normal and natural, though it can be hard for parents. Remember that the crib is always a safe place, and your frame of mind is also important. It is okay to take breaks from your baby's tears in order to take care of yourself. 

3. Sleep Changes

There are two different ways your babies sleep may be affected. As previously mentioned, some babies may be extra tired after their four-month shots. Make sure to not leave your child unattended for long periods of time, to make sure that they do not have any reactions following their vaccinations. Rousing them to eat may also become necessary. On the other hand, some babies may become so upset following their shots that they may be wired for hours on end. Try to distract them and entertain them, but again, remember to take care of yourself. Some Tylenol or other non-aspirin pain relievers may be helpful in calming them down. Talk to your doctor for proper dosing. 

In conclusion, following your child's four-month shots, they may need some extra love and attention. Some children do well on the day of the injections but have a hard time the day after, so pay attention to your babies needs. Special attention should also be given to the injection site to ensure that your child does not develop redness, a rash or any sores. Talk to your doctor for more information about possible reactions.