3- Ask if you can give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Children over the age of five can usually take some acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain, as long as these drugs do not cause bad drug interactions with the other medications the child has taken. Talk to a pediatrician about these remedies during the injection.
- Do not give aspirin to children under three years of age if they have a fever or cold-like symptoms. They cannot take this medicine under any circumstances.
4- Put a damp towel over the swollen or inflamed areas.
If the injection site starts to swell, get a washcloth and wet it with cold water. Remove the excess. Fold it until it becomes a small rectangle. Ask your child to sit or lie down and place the towel over the skin that is beginning to swell. This helps to reduce the problem by cooling the area while the child rests.
- You can use an ice pack if you like, but your child may not be still with the ice on their skin.
- Apply a topical anesthetic to the place where you received the injection to ease the pain as soon as you leave the ward.
- Consult a doctor or go to the emergency room if you experience nausea, vomiting, swelling in the face, loss of vision, or fever after having an injection. These symptoms are not normal (unless your health care professional warns you that they may happen).
- Always consult a doctor if you have questions about the medicine you took or if the symptoms after taking the injection get worse than they were before the injection.
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