Giving medicine after baby vaccine confused me

Nineth letter in my A-Z managing with a toddler and newborn series;

I for Injections

Also know as baby vaccinations, baby jabs, baby vaccines.

As you may know every baby is invited to have vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks old.

These are all up to the parents or carers to decide whether or not to have them.

I, for one, am pro vaccine. As a child I was vaccinated, so is my children’s father.

My now toddler has had all hers up to date, so our baby is also having hers.

All different

When my oldest had her baby vaccinations may years back, I remember it being quick and on our way with the nurse making reference to her red book for information or a website to look at. Nothing further needed to be done unless she had a reaction.

For my baby it’s all changed. I first was informed about it when our health visitor asked me what my thoughts were on vaccinating her.

There now is a new vaccine added to the regular ones; MenB vaccine which they give at 8 weeks and 16 weeks.


After having her 8 weeks jabs I was told to give my baby 25ml of Calpol within the first hour, then another after 4-6 hours and than a third after 4-6 hours. This was incase of a fever. I honestly couldn’t believe I had to give my baby medicine to prevent a fever or reaction.

Not if she reacted.

It was the same at her 16 weeks jabs too. Again with the 3 dose of Calpol around the clock. This time though my baby was alot more grizzly than her previous ones.

I think atleast 2 days after she hated having her legs touched which made changing her nappy abit of a drama.

No more

I’m glad we don’t need to have anymore vaccinations for both my girls for a while now.

Well until one turns 1 and the other starts school anyway.

I don’t understand why people what to put their children at risk from not vaccinating. But I guess that’s a debate for another time.

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