The Day(s) Z Got Sick

Hours after his second dose of 6 in 1 vaccine, Z was his usual jolly self. We thought that it would be just like before, when he didn’t get fever. But lo and behold, he was lethargic, teary-eyed and fussy upon waking up the next day. I felt really sad seeing my baby boy in such a bad state but he still managed to smile at the camera.

So, it was another learning experience for Mommy-Me, an ordeal that we moms do not want to go through ever again. I know I’ve got years ahead to encounter a sick, it is inevitable but here are a few things that will help me in the years to come:

  • Listen to the pedia about the possible effects of the vaccine. We were told that the fever and fussiness may come in 2 days after the vaccine. After that, the sickness may be from another source.
  • Be prepared. Even though Z didn’t get sick before, I already had my stock of paracetamol to combat the fever. You may want to have Kool Fever available also but Z preferred the old-school towel trick on the forehead.
  • Sleep when the baby sleeps. Z was really fussy and didn’t want to be put down. He liked sleeping on my chest so that’s how we slept for one whole night, if I really slept! It also helped that my husband was a night owl that he looked after Z (and me!).
  • Have healthy snacks available to help you stay awake at night. High-fiber bread and crackers and apples worked for me! Since I nursed Z on demand (he was nursing every hour!!!), water was a must to keep me hydrated and awake!
  • We played classical music to help calm Z and my anxiety! Mozart rocks! And so does Vivaldi!
  • And as in everything in life, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

Preparation is really the key for unforeseen circumstances!

 

4 Replies to “The Day(s) Z Got Sick”

  1. All of Awie’s other vaccines, she did not get sick except for the 6in1. It’s really hard to see your baby in pain. She can’t sleep, she refuses to be put down, she doesn’t want to drink from the bottle (only from me) and she cries and cries.
    Good think I have paracetamol (Calpol) ready in Awie’s med kit. I also have koolfever (oops, I bought “for kids” instead of “for babies”)
    Good thing she is already feeling better now. Just hope she stops pooping soon

  2. It’s normal. My son went through the same thing when he was about 4 months. What happened to him was he just kept moaning all night šŸ™ a poor 4 month old boy barely moving, just moaning šŸ™ But I guess the side effects are worth the extra protection they get from the vaccine.

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