How to handle your baby's immunisations

June 8, 2016

At 8 weeks old your baby will need routine vaccinations to protect against things like tetanus and whooping cough. You'll recieve a letter through the post from your doctor informing you of the date and time of the appointment.

The full list of these immunisations includes:

  • diphtheria
  • tetanus
  • pertussis (whooping cough)
  • polio
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • meningococcal group B disease (MenB)
  • pneumococcal disease and rotavirus 

All of these vaccines are administered via 3 injections and an oral vaccine. 

Lots of new parents are worried about what to expect and concerned about how their baby will react. The good news is that vaccinations are completed in just a few seconds and although your baby may become upset they will settle down very quickly. Keeping calm and relaxed will help your baby to feel secure and safe. It also helps to take along a bottle or to breastfeed your baby immediately after their injections to soothe them and immediately stop any tears.

Make sure you dress your baby in something that has buttons so the nurse has easy access to the injection site. Also inform the nurse if your baby has been unwell or has a fever. In most cases immunisations will be postponed to another day if your baby is ill.

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