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My LO got his 6 month shots on Friday. He has been extremely fussy since then, running a low-grade fever and now it is affecting his nursing. He also having difficulty sleeping (he won't sleep unless DH is rocking him). His right leg has a hard lump near where he got one shot, but his other leg is fine. When should I worry, what should I expect, is there any sense in calling my doctor? Please help, I just feel so sorry for my LO!
Angus had lumps on both his legs after his 4 month shots. I worried but the doctor said there was nothing to worry about, they were normal inflammatory reactions to the actual shot (not the contents) and they should go away on their own over a few weeks - they could still be felt a few months later though! Still, they didn't bother him, so I didn't worry.
What you describe are normal mild reactions. A low grade fever for several days after getting vaccinated is normal, as is swelling, redness, tenderness, and lumps at the injection site. Some children also get fussy, sleepy, and/or experience loss of appetite.
Moderate reactions are long bouts of inconsolable crying, high fever (over 105) and/or seizures.
Severe reactions are rare and would present within a few minutes to hours after getting the shot. Serious reactions would be things like difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat, dizziness (hard to tell in an infant though), hives, extreme weakness or pallor.
Still, if you feel your little man is in discomfort, it wouldn't hurt to have him seen, if only to set your mind at ease How is he today?
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