Learn the vaccination schedule

Children's doctor in Gastonia, NC

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Children’s doctors strongly recommend you keep up with your child’s vaccination schedule. If you’re looking for the latest version of the schedule, you can find it on the CDC’s website. They’ve started presenting the schedule in table form, to make it easier to keep track of what you need to do and when. There are also separate schedules for those with special medical needs, and those who need to catch up. Be sure to look at the footnotes—they contain information you’ll need.

Keep records of which shots your child has already received and when, especially if you’re seeing a new children’s doctor. If your kids are old enough to know what’s happening, tell them everything up front. Let them know it’ll sting just a little, but not for long, and will help them stay healthy.

Yes, the schedule is accurate

All vaccines are tested for safety and effectiveness, and are effective for 85% to 95% of children. The sheer number of vaccinations given to a baby may look alarming, but during the same amount of time your baby’s immune system will get much more of a workout from the ordinary bacteria he or she touches and inhales every day. Ask your children’s doctor about what diseases are being vaccinated against, as well as the safety of the vaccines themselves.

Getting your child through vaccination 

As much as parents want to protect their children, they’re apt to hate the process of getting them vaccinated. The key thing to remember is that your baby is too young to have any idea of what’s happening, but he or she is very good at reading your moods. If you’re calm, your baby is likely to assume all is well — if you’re tense or nervous, he or she will be sure something’s wrong. Since this isn’t something you do on the spur of the moment, you can take a little time beforehand to relax. It will make things easier if you bring a toy or blanket that your baby associates with comfort.

The shot itself is likely to upset your baby a little. He or she will need to be comforted and praised. Bring a cool washcloth to ease any redness, soreness or swelling you may notice. Don’t worry about these symptoms — if they appear at all, they go away on its own. If there is a light fever afterward, give your baby a cool sponge bath.

A children’s doctor in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a children’s doctor conveniently located west of Charlotte. It is one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia area, has served three generations of families with personalized care and offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If you need a children’s doctor, call today.