On New Year’s Eve, Daniel caught a cold, which was no big deal. Usual stuff: coughing, constant runny nose, occasional congestion, very slight fever (but not enough to effect Daniel’s “go! go! go!” active self). He still had the cold when he went in for his 15-month check-up this past Wednesday morning, which included vaccinations (DTaP, IPV, Pneumococcal, and the second flu shot). Per the advise of his daycare-givers, I gave OTC infant painkiller drops (baby Tylenol) before the appointment, which always took care of any side-effects of the vaccinations: mild fever, site-pain, and fussiness.
But this time, Daniel was *really* laid out with the side-effects, including extreme lethargy and constant fussiness (weak crying at the drop of the hat). I think it’s because he was already battling the cold virus while having his immunity shocked into operation with the vaccines, especially the flu shot (which I’m likely wrong, but it makes sense to me).
So for the rest of Wednesday, he had plenty of liquids (water, baby food, milk) and a regular regimen of Tylenol (.8ml every 4-6 hours), which I then switched to Motrin (1.875ml every 6-8 hours) come evening (to help with any inflammation and help him stay asleep overnight). By Thursday, he recovered enough that he could go back to daycare: his usual happy explorer self (just with a thickly runny nose, which he absolutely HATES when I try to squeezy bulb the goop out and then rub baby vapo-rub all over his chest, neck, and nose).
Can I just say we are looking forward to ending these constant rounds of infant vaccinations? Birth, one-month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, and now 15 months. His good doctor says he has one more vaccine for his 18-month check-up (OH JOY), and then nothing until his starts kindergarten (that is, between ages 4 and 6).
But bottom-line: he’s healthy, he’s happy, he’s right on target on all his development milestones. And that’s what matters, right?
P.S. Oh, and, just like their pregnancy and first-year books were my bible, What to Expect: the Toddler Years by by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi Murkoff and, Sandee Hathaway are giving me helpful and reassuring advice in those crazy, “What the hell am I doing” mommy moments as Daniel leaves his babyhood and runs (literally) into his emerging toddlerhood.