Friday, February 23, 2007

sweet chubby thighs

Next Wednesday is Gabriel's 2 month doctor's appointment, which means that an unfortunate thing is on the horizon- shots. Needless to say, I am not looking forward to it. In fact, I'm trying to talk myself into not crying in the doctor's office.

Does anyone have any advice on how to make him feel better in advance or afterward? My doctor said not to bother with the tylenol, but I'm tempted to give it to him anyway. Thoughts?




At least he has enough meat on his thighs...

18 comments:

Songbird said...

We always did the Tylenol, just to be on the safe side. I hope it helped! At least it helped me...
He's awfully cute!

Ninotchka said...

I totally think the Tylenol makes a difference. I say go for it. Good luck! Just remember that it'll be over really quick. :)

Angie said...

My babies ALWAYS run a fever after shots. I always give a dose of tylenol just before leaving for the appointment. You will find also in some cases the shots leave little knots in their leg muscles. If you are sore and a bit fevered wouldn't you take something for it? Why treat a baby any different? Learn now, many doctors have little compassion for simple day to day things (like this for example) and can be complete airheads. There are even some pediatricians that will tell you that teething does NOT cause fever, runny nose or an upset stomach. That is usally a doctor that doesn't have children of their own -also one who has never taken care of a fussy baby for more than a couple hours at a time.

Scrivener said...

We gave the kids some Tylenol after the shots, but we never did anything before the shots, and the kids were never any problem at all. Only on the most recent shots (the ones they got when each turned 4) was there any kind of problem with the shots, and that's just b/c they each knew what to expect and worried themselves beforehand.

When they were babies, they got the shots, cried for a minute, nursed for a couple of minutes, and then went on about their usual business. I say don't worry too much about it unless you find that you have some actual reason to worry about it.

HG said...

This is the first time I've wandered onto your blog. First things first, I could eat your baby he is so cute and I love his name (it was on our boy short list). Second, definitely give the tylenol; it can only help. Also, I scrolled down the page quickly and I think you are nursing. I always nurse(d) my babies through shots and, when they were that young, they barely noticed the shots(though they only got 1-2 at a time). Nursing has pain killing abilities, beyond the comfort aspect.

whymommy said...

Absolutely nurse him just before and just after! It worked like a charm for us!

He just gets cuter every day!

susan said...

I have no personal experience with this tip, but my best friend in town says that nursing her kids during shots always helped.

I always kept Curious Girl in the sling and just snuggled her, and she never had too much of a problem. (And with her various medical problems, shots were the least of it! So I came at it a little differently.) But it is hard to see them cry...hopefully lovely chubby Gabriel won't be too upset for too long.

KLee said...

I would echo the Tylenol advice. It couldn't hurt him, and it may help with any residual pain the shots might cause. If you feel comfortable nursing him while they give the shots, go ahead. Some doctors will suggest that, just so the baby is more comfortable.

Try not to cry. I know I did. I cried anytime my baby cried. I felt like the world's worst villain the very first time I clipped her nails, since I missed the nail and caught flesh instead. What a heel I am!

amygeekgrl said...

we didn't start vaccinations w/ ava until she was 12 months and she got through them ok at that age, but i've heard nursing a baby right after (or during the shot) can help a lot.

btw, love those chubbies!

nancy said...

Two months already??? Wow! How delicious is he!

We never did anything before the shots, and my guys did great. I always nursed right after and it seemed to help.

I am a reactive type of parent, give meds when needed and not 'just in case'. I don't know why, cause we never hesitated when they did/do need anything.

And yes, I cried. Good luck.

Karen said...

He is a DOLL! We didn't give Tylenol at the 2-month shots, and Jack seemed fine at first, but about 4 hours later he started screaming his head off. I gave him Tylenol and he quieted right down. So now, I always give him a preventive dose beforehand, and he's never had that fit again. It sucks to see them cry, no two ways about it.

Chatty said...

Don't feel bad if you cry, it happens to all of us!

Even if the Doc says don't bother with the tylenol, I always give it to Lady. I think it helped her zonk out afterwards and sleep off any residual pain/annoyance. How could you not do it if it's an option?!

LOOK AT THOSE LEGS!!!

Chatty said...

Oh, and also have plenty of kisses to hand out because I think that works even better than the tylenol. But I'd still bring the tylenol. ;)

Elizabeth said...

I always do the Tylenol just before the appointment. My kids tend to run temperatures after shots, so I usually end up giving the Tylenol every four hours for the rest of the day, too.

Look at how big he is! and how cute!

Mama3 said...

I've been following your blog. My baby was due December 25 as well but was born on the 29th. She has her 2 month appointment next Wednesday as well. I'm glad you asked about the Tylenol. I was curious, too. It's been fun to read your blog and see your cute little boy.

purple_kangaroo said...

I like to give Tylenol right before the appointment. I do think it makes a difference. I take one before I go to the dentist for fillings, and it DOES make a difference in how much the needle stick hurts.

OneTiredEma said...

I always have Tylenol on hand, but didn't give it until afterwards so I knew how the kids were reacting.

Miss M ran fevers, but AM just had a little pain at the injection site--I think I only gave him the Tylenol after his first vaccination set of shots (2 months).

Nursing after such an insulting affair helps too. :-)

Lisanne said...

Definitely nurse him beforehand and right afterward, if possible. That will help soothe and calm him. I think that Tylenol works, personally. (Baby Motrin is better for teething!) Our kids have done *great* with their shots. I'm sure that he'll be fine. For some reason, I was fine when Luke got his shots ~ but with our daughter, I felt badly for her! :(