Poor Little Bubba had his first set of shots today. He definitely was NOT happy and has spent the whole day sleeping in his mamas arms or whimpering.
His daddy did a wonderful job of keeping him distracted before the shots, but nothing could keep him distracted from the shots :(
Here are a few tidbits that I learned from our first shot disaster experience.
1. Don't plan to do anything after your trip to the doctor.
All Ollie wanted to do was sleep and eat for about 5 hours after his shots. I would have found myself with a crying and cranky baby if I had tried to go run errands afterwards.
2. Tylenol isn't just for fevers.
Our doctor told us to give him tylenol if he ran a fever after the shots. Apparently Tylenol can also help with the lingering pain of the shots. Oliver was distraught for a solid 30 minutes before we found that information. As soon as he chugged his grape juice concoction he stopped crying and calmed down enough to eat and go to sleep.
3. Shots can give Fevers?!
Hense the Tylenol. I did NOT know about that side effect.
4. Babies can still be in pain from the shots hours after they happen.
We couldn't figure out what was going on, but apparently one of the shots that is given at the 2 month appointment can cause pain long after the initial prick. The Tylenol helps dull the pain, but since we didn't have any on hand, Dom had to run to the store and buy some. If we'd had some on hand, we could have avoided a few melt downs.
5. Ask if you can use the room to breastfeed after the shots.
The only way I could calm Oliver down after his shots was to let him eat. Check and see if you can use the exam room to nurse or give a bottle rather than waiting until you get home.
5. Give lots of love and snuggles.
The little guy needed some serious TLC today.
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