What to expect on the day
You will probably be sent a reminder when your baby’s jabs are due. In the UK, the vaccination programme starts at age 2 months, with further doses at 3, and 4 months of age. Three vaccine doses are given to ensure that your child’s body makes a good immune response to the diseases. The first dose of the vaccine may not provide lasting protection, and a protective immune response may not develop fully until the second or even third dose. Injections are usually given by a general practice nurse or health visitor, often in the thigh or the top of the arm. You’ll be asked to hold your baby close to you on your lap as she has her injections.
Breastfeeding (or bottle feeding) is a powerful painkiller. If you’re worried about the jabs hurting your baby, try feeding her while the nurse vaccinates her. Some doctors suggest giving infant paracetamol before or just after the vaccination, just in case your child’s prone to running a temperature after an immunisation.
Your baby may cry briefly while she’s being vaccinated, but cuddles and reassurance will soon calm her. You may want to take along a favourite toy or blanket or offer her a feed after she’s had the vaccine. The doctor or nurse may ask you to stay in the surgery for 10 minutes or so to check that your baby doesn’t have an adverse reaction to the vaccine.
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