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Vaccine shots

Discussion in 'Infants' started by Vinu4me, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Vinu4me

    Vinu4me Senior IL'ite

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    Dear All,

    Just wondering based on something which I have observed. Most of the doctors give LO's vaccine shots on the thighs just above the knee and the kids do seem to go through some amount of discomfort.

    My paed gave her the same vaccine above the bum. The discomfort and swelling was less but the fever was there.

    Just wondering why this is so. Any thoughts?

    Regards,
    P
     
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  2. Aadhusmom

    Aadhusmom Gold IL'ite

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    P- Babies under 2 are supposed to have their shots (all intra-muscular ones that is) on the upper outer part of the front of the thigh to avoid accidental injury to the sciatic nerve which runs in the buttock area. Older kids and adults can be given gluteal (buttock area) shots; but even there it is better to give them in the upper arm as far as possible.
     

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