Yesterday we took Allyssa in for her two month checkup – yes, two months, she was actually two months old, yesterday. She was at 10 pounds, 9 ounces and 22 3/4 inches long, so she is growing. All was going well, but, as most of you know, two months is the first time they get their vaccinations. I’ll spare you the details of what she was given, but I can tell you it was done in three different shots. Both the doctor and the nurse warned us that she may be unhappy later in the day, and could run a fever from the vaccinations. We thought we were ready for that.
It’s really hard to see your baby in pain, and it actually made me cry to see her so unhappy. Although I realize that the vaccinations are very important for a developing child, I wish they could find a way to make them not so hard on the baby. Her leg was bruised at the injection site and we could tell that it was very painful for her.
We had stopped after the appointment to pick up some children’s liquid Tylenol, on the advice of the doctor and the nurse, but neither told us how much is safe to give her. The packaging only shows dosage for children 2 years of age or older, so we tried to call the hospital for advice. Laura was getting frustrated when after an hour or more, there was still no answer on the advice hot line. When your baby is in pain, and the only one who can give advice on how to sooth that pain isn’t available, it’s very upsetting to the entire family.
Laura did eventually get the advice she needed, and the medication must have helped, because as I drifted off to sleep last night, Allyssa was calm again and has slept most of the day away today. The photo above was taken only a few moments ago and you can see she seems a lot happier today.