National Immunization Day 2023: The Dos and Don’ts of Vaccinating Your Child | Health

March 16 marks National Immunization Day, an important occasion dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of vaccinations in preventing deadly diseases. Although vaccines are important for people of all ages, infants and toddlers need them the most. Their small and delicate bodies are susceptible to various diseases such as polio, hepatitis, and rotavirus. Getting vaccinated early in life helps build their immunity against these diseases. However, the vaccination process can be challenging, as babies can be easily frightened, and new parents can be worried about how the whole process will go or about possible side effects. (Also read: Dos and Don’ts for New Parents: Tips to Keep Your Baby Happy and Healthy )

Dr. Sameer Abdiya, pediatrician at Milo, a one-stop solution for new and expectant mothers, shares some dos and don’ts for vaccinating babies with HT Lifestyle.

1. Steps to vaccinate your child

  • Bring your child’s health records

Scheduling an appointment in advance gives you enough time to gather all the necessary information about the vaccinations, including any possible side effects and the recommended schedule. Make sure your child’s immunization history is on hand. These records allow your doctor to assess whether your child is ready to receive the vaccine and has built up immunity to handle any potential side effects.

It’s important to note that some children may need additional shots based on their personal health records, so share these records with your doctor before your child receives any vaccinations.

  • Dress your child comfortably

Wear loose-fitting clothing to allow your child’s body to move without restriction during vaccination to make the process smooth and orderly. When your child is comfortable, they are less likely to be fussy or agitated. Loose clothing can also prevent the injection site from rubbing against clothing, preventing discomfort or scarring.

If you have any questions about the procedure, precautions or reason for vaccination, do not hesitate to ask the doctor. It enhances your knowledge and prepares you to handle the side effects, if any, in the best way. Some common questions you may want to ask include:

– What kind of food should be fed to the child after the shot?

– When should I take the next dose for the child?

– Is my child healthy?

– Do we need to administer certain medications for side effects?

– What are the side effects of this particular dosage?

2. Don’t vaccinate your child

  • Don’t get them vaccinated by unlicensed doctors

Unlicensed practitioners may not have undergone the rigorous accreditation and training necessary to safely administer vaccines. As a result, they may make mistakes that could harm your child. By taking the time to carefully research and select a qualified and licensed healthcare provider to administer your child’s vaccines, you can help protect their health and reduce the risk of complications.

  • Do not skip vaccinations

Skipping required vaccinations for your child can lead to significant health risks and more doctor visits in the future. It is recommended that you consult your doctor to understand the reasons why a particular vaccine is necessary and how it may benefit your child. If you are still hesitant or unsure, getting a second opinion is always advisable. Remember that vaccines are meant to protect your child from deadly diseases, which should not be left to chance.

  • Do not give any medication without consulting before the shot

Some medicines can affect the effectiveness of the vaccine. Check with your doctor before giving your child any medication before scheduled vaccinations.

  • Feel free to report any adverse reactions

If you notice any unusual symptoms in your child after vaccination, consult your doctor immediately. It is important to avoid trying home remedies, as they may not address the problem effectively. As a new parent, it’s natural to feel anxious when your baby shows unusual symptoms, but it’s important to seek medical care to reassure and comfort your baby about anything else.

  • Do not compare your child’s reactions to other children’s

Every child’s body is unique, and their response to vaccines may vary. Therefore, it is advisable not to compare your child’s reaction with other children, as this can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Instead, focus on providing personalized care and consulting with your doctor every step of the way. This will help you ensure that your child receives the best possible care and protection against potential health risks.

As we celebrate National Immunization Day, remember that vaccines are important investments in your child’s health and well-being. By protecting them from early preventable diseases, we are protecting their future and the health of the entire community.

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