Things to know when attending Baby Immunisations

Things to know when attending Baby Immunisations

Brooklyn has just had her 6 week immunisations (imms) and there were a few tears but she was an absolute champ. It's the second time going through the process so while by no means am I a health professional or expert I am happy share my learnings. It can be an anxious time for a lot of parents so here are my top 5 tips for when you are attending your babies imms:⁠⁠
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1. Take your Plunket book - at the front of the Plunket book there are bright yellow pages and here you'll find info on what imms baby will need at the different ages and this is where the nurse will record the information for each vaccination administered. Also if you have any questions for the nurse note them down on a spare page in here so you don't have to rely on your memory (especially if you're sleep deprived!)⁠⁠
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2. If you can, book your appointment for the morning & early in the week - if baby was to have any sort of reaction (which is only a very small chance) then your doctors will be open so you can call or pop back in to get checked out. Of course if it is after hours or in the weekend you can always go to any A&E so you'll always be looked after regardless.⁠⁠
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3. Dress baby in an outfit that has easy access to their thighs - for the 6 week imms two of them are injected into babies thighs (the 3rd orally) so a onesie that has easy access at the bottom (zip or domes) are great as you don't have to strip baby right off to access their thighs and you can keep them warm and toasty.⁠⁠
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4. Take a support person if you're anxious about the injections - no-one likes to see their baby crying so if you know that you're going to struggle with this then take your partner, family member or friend for morale support! The nurse will need you to hold baby still and quickly flip them around to access both thighs.⁠⁠
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5. Take it easy for the rest of the day - you might find baby wants to sleep or nurse more or might have tender thighs so spending the rest of the day at home is a good idea. It's also a great idea to feed baby afterwards as it's a nice comfort (and you need to wait at the doctors for 20 minutes afterwards anyway to make sure baby doesn't have any immediate reactions)
Stevee Evans

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