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With all the busyness of life, it sometimes escapes us that our baby is behind on his vaccinations yet again. How do we keep on top of it?
- Locate a printable schedule like this one. Know the months when certain shots should be administered.
- Keep track of your baby’s shots. Check off the immunizations as they are administered. A “yellow card” can be obtained from your doctor.
- Schedule your doctor visits at about the same time. Keeping visits on Tuesday mornings, for example, will free up your schedule for other things, and you can always be sure that your visit won’t be over-shadowed by something else, even when you don’t have your calendar with you.
- Sometimes parents are afraid to give their baby shots because of possible after-effects. Asking questions before the dose is administered is always a good idea.
- If your baby has a low-grade fever or cold, you don’t need to cancel your appointment. Keeping your appointments when scheduled will keep your immunization schedule in check.
- Study up on the subject of vaccinations. If you have any doubts whether or not to vaccinate do some checking online. See for yourself what folks think, and how specific family health challenges have been known to make or break the expected vaccination journey.
- Don’t be afraid to have vaccines administered to your baby even if he yells and seems to hate you for awhile. Getting a shot hurts and all babies will cry when a needle is inserted into their skin.
Keeping your baby’s vaccinations up to date may not be an easy task, but it sure eases your life when the process is implemented and up-to-date.