Common reactions after vaccination

Contributed by : Asha Lalwani   
Common reactions after vaccination

Almost all vaccinations have mild reactions post vaccination; this means the vaccine is working.

Usually the reactions stay for a few days after the vaccination. If your child has taken a vaccination in the past few days you can expect these reactions:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Redness and Pain around the leg or arm where the vaccination was given
  • Slight swelling
  • Trouble in sleeping

Here are some tips to ease the pain:

  • Feeding works wonders when babies are in pain, breastfeeding more often after vaccination can help the baby keep hydrated and take the mind off from the pain.
  • Apply ice pack in the injected area, you can also soak a soft cotton cloth in cold water and place it on the injected area.
  • Swaddle the baby immediately after vaccination.
  • Swing them in arms.
  • Do not massage in the injected area for a few days.

If the reactions persist for more than 2-3 days, it is better to consult your child's paediatrician.

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