Care of child after immunizations p. 1209, London
When a child receives an immunization, educate parents to observe for any reactions that might occur.
Local pain, redness and swelling are common. Use ice on the sites to help reduce swelling and pain. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be given to reduce fever and pain. The symptoms should disappear in a day or two
The child may have a fever, joint pain, muscle aches or fatigue within hours to days after the vaccine is given. Give Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
A few hives around the injection site may indicate a mild allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Call the childs HCP if there is concern about any above symptoms
A severe allergic reaction is indicated by flushed face; swelling of face, mouth, throat; wheezing or other difficulty breathing; shock (confusion, lack of movement or response, or unconsciousness) and abdominal cramping. Call 911 for emergency treatment. Have the child lie down and raise his or her legs until the ambulance arrives to promote blood return to the vital organs.