the first time
Caring for a newborn can be overwhelming, as it often means experiencing brand-new challenges. Our guide will help you through that first car ride, first illness, first crying jag and moreÂwe even give you the scoop on poop.
> First vaccines
At the second well-baby visit, usually at about age 2 months, most babies receive the following vaccines: diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); polio (IPV or OPV); the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and other infections; and the Hib vaccine to prevent pneumonia, infections of the blood, joints and bones, and other problems. The second dose of these vaccines often is administered two months later.
Your doctor or nurse should provide information that explains possible reactions to the vaccines. Steel yourself: The first shots are when many babies shed tears for the first time—and believe it, so will you. A few hours later or the next day, your baby may be fussy, drowsy and/or have a low-grade fever, along with redness or swelling at the injection site. Call your doctor if your baby experiences any of these rare side effects: high fever (105° F), seizures or persistent crying. — s.p.