Having a child can be hard work. They need food, water, shampoo, and a host of other items that can be costly. However, children are also a joy to have around. Their smiles light up the room, and their off-key singing of Barney songs can make your heart swell. Putting notes in their lunchboxes can be a real treat, especially considering the hugs you’ll get upon their return from school. No matter what you do for your child, there are some things you need to consider early on so that your child will be healthy and protected.
You need to invest in vaccinations for your child. Vaccinations are medicines that contain dead antigens. These antigens enter your body, causing antibodies to be produced by your immune system. These antibodies, in turn, protect you from the active disease in the future. Not only will they keep your child healthy, but they might also stamp out most of the dangerous childhood diseases, and keep them from returning in the future.
As with any medicine, there is a risk, but it is incredibly small. It’s a good idea, however, to discuss any decisions you make with your family doctor before you proceed, just to make sure you are aware of any and all risks and possibilities. When you meet with your family doctor to discuss the vaccinations your child will need, be sure to find out about side effects. Some medications have side effects such as fevers, headaches, and the like, but your family doctor will be able to give you a detailed explanation of what you can expect before you make any decisions.
There is a schedule for when you should give your child shots. Generally, the schedule starts at two months, and continues until about six years of age. You can find this schedule through the American Academy of Pediatrics, or by asking your family doctor. There is also a schedule for adolescents, so you can be sure and get any shots that your teenager needs taken care of as well.
In the course of giving vaccinations, there are some children who shouldn’t be given certain medications. If a child has a prior condition, for example, they will need different shots as other children. Check with your family doctor to see if there are any shots that your child should not be given, or any medication that should be avoided. Also, if your child has some kind of serious reaction to the first shot in a series, allergy-related or not, your family doctor will probably discontinue that series and look at different options.
Your child is important thing in the world to you. That’s why it’s of the utmost importance to make sure they’re up to date on their vaccinations at all times, in order to keep them happy and healthy.