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My Baby Is a Bit Feverish After Vaccination

Hello All,
My baby is a bit warm but not quite a fever. he got his meningitis and hepatitis vaccine yesterday. i didnt want too many vaccines at once but i figured they were needed and did some research. i dont know if i should be giving him tylenol to sleep better. i gave him just a bit and he was very happy afterwards. i was looking into vaccine schedules because i beleive doctors now want to give too many vaccines at once. what should i do if he continues to be fussy? any remedies? can i hear your views on vaccines? if anyone has a good website for the vaccine schedule please do tell! thank you!

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A little fever is normal. If it persists for more than a few days then you should call the doctor. A little tylenol was a good idea, you are a great momma

My son almost died from a vaccine preventable disease when he was 2 months old because of some irresponsible person who did not get the vaccine, contracted it, and passed it on.

Be relieved that the only problem you have is a little fever-which is perfectly normal. A little tylenol and he'll be just fine.

Remember, there are more risks from the diseases themselves than from the vaccines.

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Call the pediatrician and speak with a nurse.

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Hi S.,

Watching your little one get those vaccinations is the worst feeling. But I was given this advice and have done it with both of my daughters, I give them tylenol 1/2 hour before our visit (right before we leave the house). By the time the vaccine is given the tylenol has been in the body for sometime and it really helped in reducing fever and decreasing fussiness. My kids never got a fever from their shots and I think the tylenol helped out. Now every child is different, it worked for mine maybe it will work for yours. Good Luck.

Tylenol will help with the fever and any soreness from the shots. My kids usually got a slight fever as well. Sometimes they'd get a little cranky. You can spread out the vaccines if that makes you more comfortable. My doctor was very understanding about that. I know there are a lot of mother's out there that are frightened of vaccines. I have to say I'm MORE frightened of what would happen if my child DIDN't have the vaccine. (My father had polio when he was little). I want my children to be safe. It's totally your decision. Good Luck!

2 hours before vaccinations give recommended dose of tylenol, and 2 hours after give dose of tylenol. At bedtime, give tylenol night time and the baby will be fine the next morning...Make sure the baby drinks water, too...

Good luck, CC

Hi S.,
Unfortunately I stopped giving vaccinations to my children because the effects where caused autism, asthma, and other learning disabilities that left me feeling cheated. You should really find out whats in the vaccines and If I were you wouldn't give anymore vaccinations until 2 years old.

The best website is http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/. My daughter had a reaction to some of the vaccinations, swelling at the site, some fever and fussiness for a day or so, too. I gave her baby tylenol or motrin(per the Pediatrician's dosage). I used to plan to be be able to stay home with her just in case she was uncomfortable after the vaccinations.

If you are concerned about the vaccinations and the reactions, you could talk to your pediatrician and sometimes they can spread out the vaccinations or separate some out. They did this for my nephew who had a high fever after the MMR.

I know there is a lot of confusing information out there about vaccines and possible links to autism, ADHD, etc, but if you read the medical literature (search Google scholar), no scientific link had been shown. I know several people who are against vaccinating their children, and that is their choice. But, I hope they never plan to leave this country with their child or go to places where they could be exposed to these illnesses. I always felt (and others may say I am wrong) a day or so of fussiness and slight fever is better than the danger of having the actual disease we are being vaccinated against.

Good Luck.

The best site for information is http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

You need to go at a pace that you feel comfortable with on the vaccines.

Please be careful about the sources you use for information. Ask your Pediatrician to recommend some also.

Tylenol is fine to use as directed for the fever, which is a common side effect and lasts a 1-3 days. Hope your lil one is feeling better soon!

I was always told to give the tylenol or motrin before
the vaccination but it is best to check with your
pediatrician. Noveechops

Hi S.,

I feel the same way you do, way too many vaccines at once, way too many vaccines period. Please go to this article:


It is a modified vaccination schedule that a medical doctor recommended. You're pediatrician won't be too happy, but if he/she won't work with you, find one who will. Don't sacrifice your child's health and well-being -- their systems are too immature to be receiving the amount of junk the government requires that we put into them!

Good luck and keep me posted!

- D.

My two healthy kids got fevers after every single vaccine. But, as with every issue with a baby, it is best to refer to your doctor. They may be able to provide you with a list of possible normal reactions to each vaccine and let you know IN ADVANCE whether a rash or fever is expected and how to respond to it.

Ditto on the Dr. Sears book. I believe he recommends NOT giving Tylenol, as it can mask a serious reaction to the vaccine? (Anyone else remember this?)

The CDC website can give some info, but remember, it is the government (I used to work for the US Dept of Health and Human Services). And who is giving millions of dollars a year to the government? The pharma companies who make the vaccines! This is the same government who knowingly tested syphillis on black men (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/may97/tuskegee_5-16....

At one point, the US government had a vaccine compensation program for those who had been harmed by them. That's now defunct. I'm not trying to scare you--just telling you why we shouldn't trust the government to provide all the info or take care of us.

I would read the Dr. Sears book for the pros and cons, and then make your decision for each vaccine. You will be making an informed decision, and can even use his proposed alternative schedule.

Dear S.,
I agree with you. As a mom with grown children, I sure can remember vaccinations. I hated them. I reseached it way back when and came to the conclusion that my babies had to be vaccinated because of the risk of our own family's genetics and 'others' coming in contact with them at school. I do not think that babies that are well cared for with no family history of it need all of this. I never followed the 'schedule' but got one at a time. Everybody from the doctors to the school complained. But, I did it my way. I did it one at a time and cut a baby tylenol in half each time. I always thought that these vaccinations and tylenol, for that matter, had the effect of weakening the baby's own immune system. Call me crazy, but I say - moderation.

My doctor will give no more than 2 shots per visit and reccomends tylenol if needed. Some parents will give tylenol before the shots as well. Here's some websites:

www.cisimmunize.org (The Amercian Academy of Pediatrics)
www.immunize.org (The Immunization Action Coalition)
www.vaccine.org (The Allied Vaccine Group, a non-government agency)
www.cdc.gov/nip (The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
www/babycenter.com/immunization-schedule (prompts you to put in your child's birth date for a custom schedule.

Hi S.,
I understand your concern. We also were concerned with the overwhelming schedule of vaccinations for such a young person. We decided to do one vaccination a month and just finished everything at age 2-1/2 years. We feel good about our decision to go slow and our pediatrician was understanding and didn't push us. Trust your instincts, do your homework and talk to your pediatrician.
Good Luck

Tylonol is key when getting vacinnations. Not much, just one or two doses. After vacinnations i usually gave my daughter one dose as soon as she got home and this helped her from not getting a fever at all. I then gave her another dose rite before bed and she was fine in the Morning. Two doses should do the trick. I only allowed two vacines at a time and with the two doses she wasint bad at all. No fever, just alittle soreness. Good luck!

as a mom of 5 i highly recommend giving your little one tylenol to ease his discomfort after shots. i am surprised your ped did not tell you this, mine have always given it to my kids right before they got their shots to get the tylenol on board. you can also apply cold compresses to the shot area this helps alot, i have also found a warm bath has always helped my kids. i am not sure if it is because they enjoy tub time or if the warm water soothes the shot area. good luck

Hi S.,

You're right to do your research -- vaccines are a very hot button topic right now and there is a lot of information out there that can be very confusing. I would highly HIGHLY recommend getting a copy of "The Vaccine Book" by Dr. Bob Sears -- it's a very fair analysis of the pros and cons of each of the vaccines that the AAP recommends. You can also visit the website, http://www.thevaccinebook.com or http://www.askdrsears.com (my favorite reference website)!

Good luck with your decisions -- my hubby and I opted to selectively vaccinate our daughter (though she has missed her 5 & 6 mo shot updates because we were traveling for business), since we were not willing to risk the side effects of the entire recommended vaccination schedule.

Hi S.,
I don't know how old your baby is, but I used tylenol to help soothe any strong discomfort my daughter had. I also would let her little legs soak in a tub, and I'd put warm compresses on the vaccination site. Other than that, I just held her and gave her lots of cuddles.

A little fever is normal. If it persists for more than a few days then you should call the doctor. A little tylenol was a good idea, you are a great momma

Hi S.,
I love reading books by Dr. William Sears. I just read yesterday that he has a book all about vaccines. It seems to be comprehensive. I am definitely going to buy it.
My first daughter was fully vaccinated - I didn't know enough to question my ped. She has a million allergies, was always sick and developed a seizure disorder that lasted for 4 years. She is now off her meds with the hopes that she has grown out of the seizures. I have not done any boosters because of this. A compromised immune system - which vaccines cause - (in her case) causes seizures).
My 2nd daughter is not vaccinated at all because I found enough research to support at least delaying all vaccines until the age of 2 when the immune system is more mature and able to handle the injections. Many other countries like Japan have seen a lot of success by just delaying the vaccines - for example, the incidence of autism in Japan under the age of 2 is very very low. But they show stats that once they start the vaccines at age 2 the incidence of autism begins to climb and match U.S. numbers.
I also know that unless you are traveling or have other unique circumstances - your baby's chances of coming in contact with certain diseases is very very low. For example, read up on Hepatitis on Wikipedia and you may believe it is a good disease to vaccinate for but not under a certain age, because your infant will not be exposed to any of the risk factors.
Anyway, that's what I know so far... I wish you the best with your little one.

First, in response to "too many vaccines at once". How many times do you want to subject your baby to needles? There has been much research in combining vaccines to reduce the number of shots needed without causing major discomfort. I would rather have 5 or 6 shots in first 2-3 yrs than to have 12-18 individual shots.
In most cases, the child may get a fever as you have described, or just become over tired. These symptoms should be gone within 24 hours, unless your baby has a reaction, which is rare.
I am a stay at home dad to 2 girls, 2 & 5.
What I did is give the baby Tylenol as directed, & allow for extra nap time. Extra rest is the best way to get through this time.
The doctors generally like to check for any severe reactions within 48 hours. Once this passes, all should return to normal.
Hope this helps.

My son almost died from a vaccine preventable disease when he was 2 months old because of some irresponsible person who did not get the vaccine, contracted it, and passed it on.

Be relieved that the only problem you have is a little fever-which is perfectly normal. A little tylenol and he'll be just fine.

Remember, there are more risks from the diseases themselves than from the vaccines.

My homeopath suggested giving my children the ledum remedy after vaccinations. I have found it helpful. Also, Dr. Sears has a Vaccine Book out that suggests an alternate vaccination schedule that will allow your child to become fully vaccinated in a more gentle way -- minimizing the amount of toxins given at any one time, especially in the early months and years. I suggest ordering the book (the schedule is not available on line). It is great and pretty cheap on Amazon.

Please read this site:
My daughter suffered every day for 14 years due to my decision to vaccinate her. I had no idea of the dangers. It certainly felt wrong to watch my baby be sick every time but it was only when one of my friends went to school to become a naturopath that I became aware of the very real dangers of vaccines.

There's a good Yahoo group about vaccines (search Vaccinations under groups on www.yahoo.com). I've also seen Dr. Sears speak live about his book and there were a heck of a lot of people in the audience (and the doctor panel) who disagreed with him. Mind you, most people there had children who were damaged by vaccines since the topic was mercury.

I personally don't believe there is such a thing as a safe vaccine and I would suggest you take a look at how many people die from using Tylenol. IT IS NOT SAFE!!!!

Take a look at the movie Prescription for Disaster (search either youtube or Google videos; it should be viewable somewhere online). It's a very well researched documentary that you need to see.

I wish I could turn back the clock and get those 14 years back after making a different decision. Internet was in its infancy. I stopped vaccinating after the first year. It took me almost every dime I earned to undo the damage that was caused. There is no guarantee with vaccines!

The bottom line is the decision is yours but do THOROUGH research and look what kind of agenda is behind the information. Ask to read the ingredients at the doctor's office if you don't believe what you read online. I know the ingredients you read online are true. I've worked for a doctor.

I wish you all the best and while certainly statistically less children get damaged from vaccines but these toxins accumulate and the statistics are changing rapidly. It's just all too much for their little bodies to handle.

S. Hoehner

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