What to Expect After 2 Month Shots from a Mom/Epidemiologist


As a new mom, a trip to the pediatrician’s office can seem like a full day event when you’ve never changed a diaper in a public bathroom; you’re not experienced using the car seat or stroller; and you don’t know how your baby will react to the new environment.

1. How Many Shots Will My Baby Get at 2 months?  

The total number of actual pokes your infant will receive may vary based on the brand of vaccines your pediatrician uses, but here’s a general rundown of vaccines your baby will receive at their two month appointment:

- Hepatitis B

- Rotavirus

- Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis

- H. influenzae

- Pneumococcal

- Polio

2. How Do I Schedule My Child’s 2 Month Vaccinations? What if I Want to Wait?

Any evidence-based pediatrician worth their salt will adhere to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s (ACIP) childhood vaccine schedule, but your pediatrician may recommend altering a vaccine schedule if your child has a weakened immune system, or if your child is in a higher risk situation for certain diseases.

3. What Questions Should I Ask My Pediatrician at this Appointment?

If this is your first child, you are probably still developing a solid doctor-patient relationship with your pediatrician.

4. How Do I Deal with the Stress of Watching Baby Get Their First Vaccines?

First, I want you to know your emotions regarding your baby are completely valid, and however they manifest themselves, you do not owe anyone an apology for your tears, your worries, or your need for more information.

5. What are the Typical Side Effects?

Temporary soreness and swelling at the injection site is a common side effect of most vaccines.

After Care: How to Soothe Your Baby After 2 Month Vaccines

Fussiness and crying are our babies’ only way of urgently communicating how they are feeling and what they need.

Try These Field-Tested Strategies

- Medications

- A warm soak in the tub

- Snacks and cuddles

- Settle in and rest

- Sleep support

- Monitor for warning signs

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