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Vaccine Cocktail, 100 degrees, and Happy 2 Months Old!

on February 4, 2012

By the calendar day (not counting in weeks), JJ turned 2 months old today.  The big highlight was a routine check up to his pediatrician’s office. I’m still clueless as to how, but it seems he knew today wasn’t going to be a good day.  As soon as we entered the office, he wrinkled his brow and showed a look of disgust.  Despite singing, dancing, and playing with him, he continued to look grumpy there. This was simply out of character for our little smiley guy. I’m not sure how he knew, but several vaccines were awaiting him this visit.

While there, he got weighed, and we found out he is 12 pounds and 4.5 ounces of loveable yumminess. That’s almost double his birth weight in 2 months!  We were so proud of him and were pleased to hear he was right on track for baby growth.

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As for the vaccines, he received the following today in the form of 3 combo shots and one oral dose:

DTaP, to protect against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough)

Hepatitis B, to protect against hepatitis B, which can cause the liver disease hepatitis:

Hib, to protect against Haemophilus influenza type B, which can lead to meningitis,pneumonia, and epiglottitis:

Pneumococcal (PCV), to protect against pneumococcal disease, which can lead to meningitis, pneumonia, and ear infections:

Polio (IPV), to protect against polio

Rotavirus, (given orally, not as an injection) to protect against rotavirus, which can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and dehydration

I saw this graphic in the office and thought it was a good reminder.  Pfizer sponsors a text message system that texts you each time a vaccine should be given.  I signed up as it’s free.  Just send a text to 33132 saying “CARE1.”

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Unfortunately, as the vaccines are dead/weakened strains of viruses, they inevitably can cause side effects, namely fever. To combat this know side effect, the Dr. told us to get some over the counter acetaminophen. we’re to feed him 40 ml every 6 hours (about a quarter of the box’s recommended dosage due to his small size). Despite our best efforts, JJ is on the borderline of having a fever, so tonight may inevitably be sleepless for us as we continue to monitor his temperature and temperament.  He’s been quiet, sluggish, and sleepy so far.  We’ll be feeding him at our first opportunity to ensure he doesn’t get dehydrated and do routine temperature checks to ensure we’re on the right side of the battle.  This is scary as you never want to see your child uncomfortable.  However, as we know how this happened, what is happening, and how to remedy it, we feel empowered to help our little man get through this. Good luck to us!

Other notes the Pediatrician said:

  • They used to suggest introducing cereal and other grains early on into the diet.  However, with the childhood obesity in America, she doesn’t suggest anything at all for a while.
  • Since we are breastfeeding, breast milk lacks a few vitamins, namely D and Iron, so she added Enfamil’s Tri-Vi-Sol to our daily regimen.

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  • Also, as we prepare to start pumping breast milk, we wanted to build a reserve and suggested taking Fenugreek capsules.  We just ordered some, so a future post will talk about how it goes.
  • Do nothing with baby acne.  It’ll go away on its own.
  • For cradle cap, we had originally planned to just leave it alone. As it’s persisted over a month now, she has suggested to use a dandruff shampoo twice a week for 2 weeks and baby oil on his head.  We’ll try this and hopefully it’ll remove the cradle cap!
  • Spoiling begins somewhere after 6 months.  Until then, hold and love him as much as we want. This’ll be the only time it’ll be just him this small with us!
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