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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.
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