Do you have questions about child vaccinations and immunizations? Shaili M. Singh, MD, Pediatrician at ARC Pflugerville, answers your questions about when children should receive their immunizations, what to expect after they receive them, and also offers some tips on soothing your child after vaccinations.
"Whether you have questions about vaccines, or your child is ill, or you have just questions about growth and development, I want to be here for you," says Dr. Singh. "I want to answer all your questions and I'm happy to work with you through any issues that are going on or not or if you just want to make sure everything is healthy."
Watch the video to hear all that Dr. Singh has to say about child vaccinations and immunizations. The transcript of the video is here:
ARC DocTalk: Childhood Immunizations
As a baby, the first set of vaccines that you're going to get is when they're two months old. We say once they've had their two-month-old vaccine give them about two weeks after for the vaccinations to take effect and then you can go out and meet with family members and go out in public. So, we really recommend that you stick with the CDC recommended and American Academy of Pediatrics recommended vaccination schedule. That's the schedule that's been studied the most we know the safety we know the efficacy of the vaccines when they're given that way.
So, some ways you can soothe your baby after vaccinations is if they're breastfed, we highly recommend breastfeeding. That is actually one of the most soothing things you can do for your newborn. You can also give them a nice warm bath that evening when they go home. And oftentimes babies do really well, and they'll just take a really good nap on the car ride home and they'll wake up fresh and fine like nothing happened.
After vaccination there really isn't anything special that you need to do. The nurse has already cleaned the area well and applied a band-aid and that will help control any bleeding although there's usually little to no bleeding. But they can act and play and sleep and eat just like normal. There might be a little bit of soreness; oftentimes the toddlers and the younger children get vaccines on their thighs so actually running around and playing and jumping is actually helpful and helps get rid of that soreness that they might feel in the muscles. It is okay to give a dose of Tylenol after vaccines if they're in a lot of pain, but most kids do really well.
Whether you have questions about vaccines, or your child is ill, or you have just questions about growth and development I want to be here for you. I want to answer all your questions and I'm happy to work with you through any issues that are going on or not and you just want to make sure everything is healthy. That's my favorite part of the job is just seeing children grow from babies all the way up to high school. I love it.
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Dr. Singh is currently accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call ARC Pflugerville at 512-989-2680 or go schedule an appointment online.
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