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4 month sleep regression immediately after vaccines

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I know that a lot of babies experience a 4 month sleep regression. My LO was sleeping for around 7-8 hours a night until he went in for his 4 month vaccines. He now sleeps for about an hour at a time at night and wakes up screaming. Just wondering if this 4 month sleep regression thing is truly developmental or if it's actually a side effect of all the vaccines. Has anyone noticed if the sleep regression happened immediately after the vaccines (like mine did) or did anyone have it happen before or well after the vaccines.

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Baby Shots (AKA Vaccines, or Immunizations) And Sleep – Plus, Comfort Tips and Immunization Schedule

 
2019 Baby Shot/Immunization Chart from the CDC:

Shots. Vaccines. Immunizations. Whatever you call them, they’re part of raising a child in today’s world. As those of you with babies at home can attest, most children (at least, those in America and in many other developed nations) receive a LOT of shots in the first 5 or 6 years of life. These vaccinations are key to preventing life-threatening disease, and are for many, are considered an important part of preventative health care, but they can also stress a mama out!

Now, there are loads of medical questions that you may have about baby immunizations, and how they will affect your little one. We won’t be tackling all of those in today’s article, but we WILL be addressing a few questions in particular:

  • How do baby shots (or vaccines, or immunizations, depending on your preference) affect sleep?
  • How can parents comfort their babies after vaccinations?
  • Are there steps moms and dads should take to prepare for vaccines?

All good questions – and questions that we answer in today’s article!

How Do Baby Shots Affect Sleep?

This question is pretty easy to answer, actually. In general, vaccines and immunizations will affect your baby’s sleep the same way that illness does. In short, right after getting shots, your baby will more than likely be extra sleepy, and sleep more than he usually does. However, your baby may also wake more often than normal – you may see lots of night-wakings the evening after shots, for example, or more interrupted naps (even though your baby is actually getting more nap sleep than normal, if that makes sense). Generally, babies wake more frequently after shots due to common side effects like soreness at the injection site, or a low-grade fever.

Why is the reaction to shots similar to the reaction to illness? Well, it makes sense, if you think about it – when your baby gets an immunization, it impacts her immune system the same way that a virus or infection would. Granted, the viral components of vaccinations are much weaker than the full-fledged virus (that’s why getting a polio shot doesn’t cause actual polio), but even so, the immunizations do impact your baby’s immune system.

But this impact, while it can make us moms and dads worry, is actually a good sign – you want your baby’s immune system to respond to the shot, because ultimately, you want her immune system to develop a resistance to the diseases against which she’s being vaccinated.

Baby Vaccines: Keeping Baby Comfortable After Shots

Of course, your first thought after your baby gets vaccinated is probably, “How can I help my baby feel better and stay comfortable?” Good question!

First off, it’s important to remember that, according to a 2009 study, it is best if you DON’T offer your baby acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) after shots. Doing so may actually cause your baby’s body to produce fewer disease-fighting antibodies, which means the vaccinations end up being less effective. This is pretty ground-breaking news since prior to the study, giving a baby a dose of Tylenol right after shots was pretty much standard practice. Now, however, most healthcare practices warn against doing so.

Miriam Chickering, Registered Nurse, Sleep Consultant, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, shares this advice:

“My biggest tip to moms is to avoid Tylenol before or after vaccines and to only give a fever reducer if the fever is dangerously high or it has been recommended by their healthcare provider, because Tylenol use before and immediately after vaccines have been linked to reduced effectiveness.”

But if you can’t offer pain-relieving medication, what CAN you do to help your baby feel better? Try some of these tips to soothe and comfort your baby after immunizations:

  • Use Dr. Karp’s 5 S’s! That’s right – The Happiest Baby on the Block techniques aren’t just for sleep! you can shush, swaddle, and swing your baby to being calmer and happier after any stressful occasions – like getting shots. In fact, utilizing the 5 S techniques can stop crying an average of 45 seconds after their immunizations – pretty impressive!
  • If you nurse, breastfeed often after your baby’s shots. Breastfeeding is soothing in and of itself, so if your baby is fussy and waking more than usual, offer plenty of feedings.
  • Try skin-to-skin contact. Skin-to-skin contact is one of the best ways to soothe a worked-up baby, particularly for newborns or young infants.
  • Wear your baby. Again, this works great for newborns or young infants – being worn snugly against mom goes a long way towards soothing an inconsolable baby.
  • Schedule your shots for the afternoon. As odd as this may sound, a 2011 study found that 2 month old babies who received their shots in the afternoon slept noticeably better than 2 month old babies who received their immunizations in the morning. You can read more about the findings here. So try scheduling vaccinations for 1:00 or later, as a step towards promoting better sleep.

Immunization Schedule: An Easy-To-Read Schedule For Parents

We’re including this as a little bonus – we love this easy-to-read baby immunization schedule from the Center for Disease Control! We’ve included it below, as well:

Immunization Schedule
*Chart courtesy of www.cdc.gov

This immunization schedule makes it easy to see at-a-glance which vaccinations your baby needs at what age.

Altered Immunization Schedules, and Preparing for Baby Shots: Tips From Dr. Sears

Baby vaccines have become a controversial topic over the past 15 years or so – but we don’t want to dive into that controversy here. In our opinion, how you choose to handle your baby’s vaccinations and immunization schedule is between you and your healthcare provider. You should know, however, that there are lots of options between following the CDC schedule exactly and never, ever immunizing your child. Some parents choose to use delayed vaccination schedules; provided you work alongside a healthcare provider, this can be a good middle ground. Dr. Sears offers his own delayed vaccination schedule in his book, The Vaccine Book, and asserts that it’s key for healthcare providers to work with parents, and to take their vaccination concerns into account. Doing so, says Sears, will likely result in higher rates of immunizations overall.

How vaccinations impacted your baby’s sleep before? Any tips for other parents about dealing with immunization aftermath? General opinions on vaccinations? Let’s get the conversation started!

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Infant Sleep After Immunization: Randomized Controlled Trial of Prophylactic Acetaminophen

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4-Month Shots: What to Expect

If you’re a caregiver for a precious little one, your baby’s health and well-being are the most important things to you. This includes taking them for their 4-month well visit at your doctor’s office for scheduled vaccinations.

Babies can naturally fight many germs when they’re born. But some kinds of germs are more harmful and even deadly. Immunizations make a baby’s immune system strong enough to fight even some of the most dangerous germs.

Vaccines are made out of a tiny part of the germ. They give a person protection from a disease without having to catch it and be sick. Babies (and even adults) don’t get all their immunizations at the same time. Some kinds of vaccines require more than one shot for the best protection.

A regular immunization schedule starts at birth. At 4 months of age, following the standard schedule, your baby will be getting a second dose of vaccines given at their 2 month visit. Here’s what to expect for your baby’s shots at around 4 months old.

Which immunization shots do babies get at 4-months old?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that babies should get five different kinds of vaccines at their 4-month doctor visit.

These shots are typically all second shots in a series of immunizations they’ve already had at a previous doctor visit. If your baby has not had their first doses of these vaccines, this will be the first shot.

While there are five vaccines for this visit, that doesn’t equal five shots. Wondering how that works?

First, one of the recommended vaccines (rotovirus) is oral.

Second, some of the other recommended vaccines can be combined into one shot.

So usually your baby will have 2 to 3 shots and one oral vaccine dose at their 4-month visit, depending on which specific vaccine combos their pediatrician’s office uses.

Meningitis vaccine

The CDC also recommends a new vaccine against meningitis for some babies. Meningitis is a condition that attacks the brain and spinal cord and can be deadly.

Babies around 2 months old can get this disease, and 75 percent of meningitis cases in children happen before they are 5 years old.

Getting the regular five vaccines can help protect babies against meningitis. If your doctor thinks your baby also needs a separate meningitis immunization, this shot is a four-dose series that will be given at 2 months with subsequent shots at 4, 6, and 12 months.

Your pediatrician may recommend the meningitis vaccine if your baby:

  • will be traveling to or living in a country where meningitis is common
  • lives in a large group setting where meningitis may happen
  • has a rare kind of immune disorder called complement component deficiency
  • has a damaged spleen or no spleen
  • is taking certain medications
  • has HIV

What are some common side effects of 4 month shots for babies?

Shots are not fun for babies (or children and adults) but luckily babies won’t remember getting them! You can prepare yourself by knowing that this kind of health protection might have some mild, common side effects.

Remember, side effects happen because your baby’s immune system is triggered to build itself by the vaccination. Shots at any age cannot cause the disease they are protecting from.

Normal side effects of 4-month shots in babies include:

  • redness or swelling where the shot was given
  • pain or tenderness around the shot area
  • irritability or fussiness
  • crying
  • sleepiness
  • not wanting to feed
  • mild fever or chills
  • diarrhea
  • nausea or vomiting
  • skin rash

When should you call your baby’s pediatrician?

In very rare cases, a baby (or adult) can have an allergic reaction to an immunization shot. Any medication can cause an allergic reaction in rare cases. Call your doctor right away if your baby has any signs of an allergic reaction.

Allergy symptoms include:

  • lip, face, or throat swelling
  • swelling anywhere in the body
  • itching
  • skin rash or hives
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • vomiting

Are there reasons not to get 4-month shots?

If your baby seems to be under the weather with a regular cold or flu, wait until they are feeling better to get any vaccinations.

Babies who have other chronic health conditions may have a higher risk of side effects from some shots. Your doctor may recommend waiting to get immunizations if your baby has:

Some kinds of medications like steroids can also temporarily weaken the immune system. Your pediatrician may delay 4-month shots if your baby is on steroids or other medications.

What else should you expect at your baby’s 4-month appointment?

Take your baby to all their regular pediatrician appointments. At your baby’s 4-month checkup, your doctor will weigh your baby and check their length to see how they are growing. All the measurements will be added to your baby’s growth and development chart.

Your pediatrician will also look for and ask about other signs of your baby’s development, like:

  • holding up their head
  • drooling
  • sucking on hands or fingers
  • making eye contact
  • smiling
  • laughing or making other noises
  • copying your facial expressions
  • reaching for and grabbing things
  • trying to roll over
  • responding to your voice
  • turning towards you when they see you
  • pushing up when they’re lying on their stomach
  • how often they’re feeding
  • how often they need a diaper change

Your pediatrician may also ask about other members of your household, whether your baby goes to child care, and if you are planning to take your baby along on travels any time soon. All of these questions are to find out the best ways to keep your little one healthy.

Takeaway 

By the time your baby is 4 months old, they’ve likely already started their healthcare journey to help protect them against dangerous and even deadly diseases. The CDC recommends that 4-month-old babies get second doses of important immunizations.

These vaccines protect against specific diseases like pneumonia and polio, as well as other diseases like whooping cough. Your doctor may also recommend a meningitis vaccine if your baby is at risk.

Immunizations cannot cause the disease they protect against. In rare cases, some babies who are unwell may have allergic reactions or other side effects. Talk to your pediatrician about the best vaccination schedule for your baby.

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