Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine
Men B vaccine
5 in 1 vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect against five separate diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (known as Hib – a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children)
Wednesday 24th February 2016
My son had his first lot of vaccinations today, he is actually 12 weeks old as we missed his 8 week appointment and this was the next available.
We had him weighed this morning, he had an all over check this afternoon and was given his vaccinations. He had vaccinations against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Polio, Hib B and Pneumococcal conjugate and Rotavirus and Meningitis B.
3.30pm He had 3 injections in total, 2 in one leg, 1 in the other and a liquid Rotavirus vaccine in his mouth.
He took the oral liquid vaccine fine but cried hard when he was injected. The crying lasted about 10 seconds and a cuddle and his dummy stopped him crying and he was his normal self. We waited at the Doctors surgery for 10 mins afterwards to make sure he didn’t have an allergic reaction, which he didn’t and I gave him a 2.5ml dose of paracetamol suspension (Calpol) to reduce the chances of a fever developing) and then we headed home.
6.00pm he is happy and smiling, I breastfeed him and he has gone back to sleep.
The information sheet I have received suggests that the fever may peak 6 hours after the injections.
8.00pm He woke up grizzly, I changed his nappy and him kicking and moving his legs about whilst I was doing it caused him try cry a lot. It’s a different cry, a pain cry. I know it’s because of his leg pain because when he’s lying still when breastfeeding/sleeping he doesn’t cry at all. I can hear bubbles of gas doing through his intestines, he hasn’t pooed today yet and he didn’t burp after nursing so inevitably he’s going to be be uncomfortable and windy because of this. Just to add to his discomfort, poor lad. He has been in my arms on my lap since we came home. I intend to keep him here for the foreseeable future hours. I believe it will aid in pain relief.
9.00pm sleeping soundly in my arms. Still hearing tummy gurgles.
10.00pm I take him up to bed after letting him sleep in my arms on the sofa since we came home. His temperature is 38’C so I strip him down to just his nappy and cover him with a light blanket.
11.00pm he is very unsettled and uncomfortable. Even in his sleep he’s not happy. I took his temperature, it’s 37.2’C. He’s only supposed to have 4 doses of paracetamol in a 24 hour period. He’s already had 2 doses so I’m think I should stretch this out until 2.00am so he can have one through the night and one in the morning.
12.00am his temperature is hovering around 37.6 – 38’C. He reads hotter on the side he’s been lying on. He’s due calpol but was told not to wake baby to give it. He’s sleeping comfortably.
12.50am he’s very unhappy so I give him 2.5ml of calpol to help him settle
2.30am I’m so exhausted I can’t stay awake anymore, I give him a breastfeed him to sleep and fall asleep myself.
4.30am he wakes to feed, I give nurse him and we both fall back to sleep at 5am
7.00am my two other sons wake for the day and that wakes the baby too. For the first time since yesterday he looks like my baby again. No more strange cry and he’s now smiling and babbling. He plays in his bouncer chair for 20 minutes and then I pick him up for more cuddles. I can tell he’s not feeling himself though. His legs hurt and he’s still got a temperature that’s hovering around 37.5-38’C. I dress him in his pyjama onesie so he’s comfy.
9.00am he nurses and falls asleep for his morning nap. He’s following his normal routine and seems comfortable as he sleeps. I’m exhausted, I totalled about 4 hours broken sleep last night. My eldest heads off to school whilst my middle son stays at home and plays quietly. Today is going to be a challenge as my husband heads off to work and won’t be home until 9.30pm tonight.
9.30am I gave him more calpol as he roused from his sleep with discomfort and still has a temperature around 37.7’C as soon as I put him down. He perked up loads and played with toys, bouncy chair, played games with me and laughed and kicked his legs about at his nappy change.
11.30am he is napping intermittently, he is very gassy and fussy every now and then. I nurse him again, that’s his favourite thing to do and place to be at the moment.
4.00pm I spent the afternoon rotating between breastfeeding him, playing with him and soothing him. He cried a lot at one point which made me cry as I hate seeing him so uncomfortable and I’m so exhausted this is emotionally and physically draining. Then he had a poo and really cheered up so I guess the rotavirus oral vaccine is going through him. He settled down for a nap.
5.30pm he woke from his first decent nap all day and he’s relatively alright. I gave him some calpol and he had a warm bath which he loved. I also removed the plasters that they covered the injection sites with after the bath as they were damp and easy to peel off.
6.30pm He is acting like his normal self now and I’ve settled him back to sleep whilst nursing him.
…. Conclusion: He slept beautifully all night and is back to his normal happy self. It was a tough few days but I’m glad we did it, my recommendations for anyone about to embark on their babies vaccinations would be:
1. Have calpol and a thermometer at home ready
2. to make sure you have no other commitments for a few days and if feasible have your partner/friend/family around for support
3. A good box set so you can stay on the sofa/bed snuggling your baby.
4. A few days worth of meals prepared to minimise any demand on your time so u can dedicate your energy to comforting your baby.
5. Know that you can call your doctor or NHS111 for advice at any time if you are concerned.
Hope this brings someone some help and insight.
Much love, Kate