April 25, 2005
Health Tip: After Immunizing Your Child
How to give comfort at home
(HealthDay News) -- After your child is immunized against childhood diseases like measles, mumps, and polio, what happens when you get home and your child is in pain or has a reaction? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests:
- A cool wet cloth can reduce redness, soreness, and swelling near the inoculation site.
- Observe your child for the next few days. You might see a small rash or notice a fever. If you child has any reaction that concerns you, call your doctor.
- To reduce pain or fever, your doctor may recommend child aspirin or a similar medication. Also, try giving your child a sponge bath with lukewarm water.
- Give your child plenty of fluids. It is normal if he or she eats less than usual for 24 hours after the inoculation.