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What to do for your child before and after the Covid vaccine?


Doctor Nguyen Hien Minh said that parents should let their children eat and drink normally, closely monitor their health, and do not leave them alone for at least the first three days after the injection.

According to Doctor Nguyen Hien Minh, Deputy Head of the Immunization Unit, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, on the day of vaccination, children need to eat lightly, not starve, but also do not force children to eat too much. The weather is getting hotter and hotter, especially in the South. Children are easily sweaty and tired while waiting for their turn to be injected, so they should drink extra water. Children can take effervescent tablets or syrup containing commonly used vitamins in the morning before going to the injection site.

Parents should note that children should not drink stimulants such as soft drinks, milk tea, coffee, energy drinks… on the day of vaccination. At the same time, do not arbitrarily stop taking oral medications for chronic diseases that children are taking according to a doctor’s prescription.

With information for children to drink perilla leaf juice, a pre-injection tonic that will prevent post-injection reactions being shared widely on social networks, Dr. Minh said that there is no scientific basis, this is just a solution. Psychological measures for parents’ peace of mind. The doctor explained, not only the Covid-19 vaccine but all other children’s vaccines, the reaction after injection of each child is also very different. Therefore, it is not possible to predict with certainty whether a child will experience serious adverse events following the injection.

After the injection, parents, adults in the family and the school need to tell the child if there are any signs of discomfort such as chest pain, shortness of breath, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, palpitations… to report them immediately. In addition to the mandatory 30-minute follow-up after vaccination at the vaccination site, children need to be monitored by adults and promptly detected abnormalities for at least the next three days.

At this stage, parents measure the child’s temperature every 4-6 hours, do not let the child sleep alone, pay attention when the child stays too long in the toilet or private room. Children should eat and drink at home to prevent food poisoning from outside, do not exercise or do heavy physical activity. Children must get enough sleep and drink plenty of water. Children do not need to abstain from bathing or eating anything, except for foods that have made children allergic before, limit the intake of stimulants such as coffee, soft drinks, milk tea, energy drinks…

In addition, please let your child wear loose, airy clothes to avoid catching a cold. In particular, parents do not apply leaves or strange drugs on the injection site. If the children have a lot of swelling and pain at the injection site, or have a fever, parents should give their children a common antipyretic pain reliever such as paracetamol at a dose of 10-15 mg per kilogram of body weight, 3-4 times a day, the doctor said. recommendation.

Medical staff introduce to parents the type of vaccine that will be given to children, on the morning of April 16 at Nguyen Binh Khiem Primary School, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Image: Dinh Van

Quang Ninh is the first locality in the country to deploy vaccination against Covid-19 for children 5 to under 12 years old, on April 14. In the morning of April 16, Ho Chi Minh City also started a vaccination campaign for this group of children with more than 100 injection sites and is expected to vaccinate 30,000 6th grade students. This afternoon, Hanoi also organized vaccination for children.

The Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology has allocated 921,600 doses of Moderna vaccine to 63 provinces and cities. This vaccine phase is given priority to vaccinate children 11 to under 12 years old, each child is injected with a dose of 0.25 ml. These vaccines are part of a batch of vaccines returned home on April 9 sponsored by the Australian government and tested at the National Institute for Testing of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals. The Ministry of Health plans to vaccinate 8.2 million children in the small age group who have not yet contracted Covid-19 nationwide, completing in the second quarter.

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