My Infant Gets a Fever After Shots

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Know when a fever that develops after shots is a reason for concern. (Image: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images)

A feverish infant after vaccines is concerning to parents. However, a fever is a common reaction to vaccines, reports KidsHealth. Your baby also might have redness or swelling where the shot was given. Nonetheless, there are times when a fever is a red flag. It’s important to know when to call the doctor and how to make your infant more comfortable after vaccines.

Lukewarm Soak

A lukewarm soak can reduce your infant’s fever and ease muscle aches. Fill the bath with lukewarm water and place your baby in the water. Sit with your baby and sponge water over her torso, arms and legs. This helps cool her body temperature. After five to 10 minutes, remove your infant from the bath and dress her in cool clothing. Cotton clothing is a good option because it’s breathable.

Fever Reducers

Fever reducers can tackle the fever, as well as ease muscle aches. However, before using these medications, consult your doctor. Typically, fever reducers aren’t recommended for low-grade fevers. If your doctor approves, use the drugs as directed. Also, never give your infant aspirin to ease her fever. Aspirin in children is linked to Reye’s syndrome, a serious and deadly condition.

Fluids

If your infant has a fever after vaccines, encourage her to stay on a normal feeding schedule. A fever increases your baby’s risk for dehydration. Offer younger babies breast milk or formula. For older babies, ask your doctor about offering diluted juice or water. If your baby refuses to eat or drink, it’s time to consult your doctor.

Red Flags

If your infant has a fever higher than 101 degrees F, contact her doctor’s office for medical advice. A high fever can be an indication of a more serious reaction to vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other signs of serious reaction include difficulty breathing, swelling in the throat, hives and paleness. Also, watch how your infant acts. If she is unresponsive or highly irritable, seek medical advice. When in doubt, always contact your child’s doctor. She can advise if your child’s fever is a reason for concern.

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