The first weeks after a birth pass by so quickly that it is difficult to realize until your son reaches the age of 2 months, and you suddenly find yourself having to prepare for the two months vaccination that the baby takes with the completion of the second month of his life.
Therefore, we convey to you, dear mother, a personal experience and medical information, to know everything you should know about the two months vaccination and how to deal with it.
What is the two months vaccination?
The two months vaccination is one of the compulsory vaccines that the Ministry of Health gives free of charge to infants at the age of 2 months. Make sure your child gets the rest of the vaccinations if they are not mandatory in your country by following the vaccination schedule for infants.
Components of the two months vaccination for infants
The 2 months vaccine consists of a set of doses to resist some diseases. The components of these doses are:
Polio vaccine is a dose of drops to be taken in the mouth, and it protects against polio, which is almost ending in the world due to the spread of vaccination.
Triple bacterial vaccine MMR
It is an injection into the thigh, protects against pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus, and is mandatory.
Hepatitis B Vaccine
One of the most important vaccinations for the 2 months is an injection into the thigh and is given with the triple vaccination, and it protects against the hepatitis B virus, which is widespread in some countries.
Bacterial Influenza Vaccine
It is given with the triple vaccination and hepatitis B, and it is called the pentavalent vaccination, and it protects against bacterial influenza that causes pneumonia and meningitis.
It is a dose of drops to be taken by mouth, and it is not considered mandatory in some countries, and it must be given to the child, as it protects against rotavirus, which causes severe intestinal colds, especially among infants at the age of two months.
It is an injection into the thigh, and it protects against pneumococcal bacteria that cause middle ear infections and pneumonia in babies, and it must be given to the child if it is not among the mandatory vaccines in your country.
Rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines are not mandatory vaccines in some countries, and additional vaccines are given on the same day with the mandatory vaccines or 2 weeks later.
Symptoms of the two months vaccination
-Vaccination at the age of two months has many symptoms, the first of which is
-The hotter the child, the higher the temperature for 2 days at most.
-Swelling at the injection site.
-Constant crying for no reason.
-In a very small percentage of babies, convulsions may occur due to the pertussis vaccination, and then you should consult the doctor, and if the cramps are strong, the doctor may ask not to give the pertussis vaccination to your child in the future.
All of these complications are completely healthy, and evidence of your child’s immune system response to the vaccine. Do not worry unless the complications worsen, as you should consult a doctor in the following cases:
-A severe rise in the child’s temperature of more than 39 degrees Celsius, and the lack of response to antipyretics, and persists for more than 2 days.
-Swelling and redness persisted at the injection site for more than a week.
Delayed two months vaccine
It is better not to delay vaccines beyond their prescribed times, and it can be delayed if necessary, provided that the period between the four months and six months vaccination is not less than one month at most. Immunization is postponed in the event of a severe illness of the infant with a high temperature and is not postponed in the case of minor cold episodes, and always consult a doctor if you have any questions related to vaccinations.
Reducing the pain of the two months vaccination
You can help your child relieve vaccination pain in these ways:
First, do not give your child an antipyretic unless his temperature rises after vaccination, and stick to the appropriate dose that the doctor prescribed to you based on the weight of the infant.
Help your child by placing lukewarm water compresses on the injection site to reduce swelling, and gel compresses intended for the baby can be used, and pasted on the thigh where the injection is located.
Apply an appropriate topical ointment to the injection site, such as: “Reparil Gel” in case the swelling increases significantly.
Most of the symptoms of the two months vaccination and vaccines, in general, are simple and disappear quickly, but the benefits for your child are endless.
Always make sure to give your child the appropriate vaccine against various diseases and at the appropriate age, and do not delay giving him any vaccine without the order of the doctor.