Babies and Toddlers

16 Week Injection

November 12, 2010

The 16 Week injection, as with the 8 and 12 week injections, consists of the following:

Immunisation against Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular or whole-cell pertussis (DTP) and Haemophilus influenza type B combined. As well as, Hepatitis B (Hb) and polio. For more information on these diseases, please read our previous article on the 8 Week Injection.

If you opted to have the Rotavirus drops at 12 Weeks, your baby will now receive the second ‘dose’. Remember, you can once again give your little one paracetamol (panado/calpol) syrup if they have post-vaccination symptoms such as fever, crying or irritability. Other symptoms can include pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.

For the 16 Week injection, I opted to try and avoid giving my baby paracetamol as I had done the past two times. She was irritable for 4 days and then 8 days for the 8 and 12 week vaccinations respectively. This time she seemed to handle things better – each child will react differently.

And now…

…You can relax.

There will be a good 4 or 5 months until your next vaccination. You can enjoy playing with and watching your child grow and develop – from squeals of delight to enhanced mobility.

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