Jasper had his first immunisations today and needless to say I was dreading it! We went to get them done last week because we got a letter through saying that they were due; luckily Pete was off work that day so we went together and I think having him there made me feel really at ease. Anyway, that was all irrelevant because as soon as we walked in the nurse told us that we were a week early and to come back once he was 8 weeks … something they could have told us when we booked it perhaps?
Anyway, knowing I’d be taking him alone didn’t bother me. Thinking about taking him in the morning while we got ready didn’t bother me. It was as soon as we walked into the doctors surgery that I started to well up. My heart was pounding, I felt sick and when I started to cry in the nurses office I could have picked him up and ran!
Seeing this probably a handful of times a day, the nurse knew just what to say:
“It’s natural to feel protective over your baby. You don’t want them to feel pain which inevitably – an injection causes; but what you’re doing right now – getting them immunised – that’s protecting them.
It’s much harder to see them in hospital because they weren’t immunised than to see the flicker of pain from a second long injection.”
and that’s all it was – a second. A second for each jab to which yes he’s cried but in an instant forgot about; then some medicine to take orally. He did cry for that but probably because he was already grouchy from the jabs and lets be honest – prefers a boob!
He was bright eyed and bushy tailed after, staring away at the nurse and only cried again when I put him in the car… all the way home .. which made me cry … all the way home!
We’re home now and he’s been feeding on and off for a couple of hours. He is a little whingey but then again he’s a baby so that’s perfectly normal! We were given a bit of advice for after:
- He may get a bit of a temperature (nothing to worry about)and be whingey.
- Keep him cool. In this warm weather he’s in a vest with no blanket.
- Don’t give him Calpol straight away, the rise in temp will actually make the antibodies get to work. Instead wait to see if the temp and whingeyness lasts, then give Calpol.
We’re going to go to our baby class today at Kiddicare and hopefully he’ll enjoy it. He’s stocking up on his milk now so I’m hoping that’ll keep him happy
The midwife also said we can take him in the pool on holiday next week which we weren’t sure about at first – yay!
If your little one has their jabs coming up please don’t worry. It affects you much more than them! They’re little champs and much tougher than us parents think