DTP shot is given to immunize your child against diphtheria,
tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). Your child may have mild to
moderate reactions, but these do not pose a serious problem.
vaccination is one of the important vaccinations given to children. It
provides immunity to children against the diseases like diphtheria,
tetanus and pertussis or whooping cough. Let us take look at the common
concerns of parents related to DTP vaccination.
What is the DTP vaccine?
This shot is given to immunize your child against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).
Will my child have any reactions to this vaccine?
child may have mild to moderate reactions to the whooping cough
vaccine, but these do not pose a serious problem. The most common
reactions are: pain at the injection site, mild fever, irritability,
swelling and redness at the site, drowsiness, loss of appetite and
vomiting. Just to be on the safe side though, get your doctor to give
your baby a thorough check-up to ensure that she is not developing an
illness. Closely observe your baby for 72 hours after she has been
vaccinated, and report any severe reactions to the doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor about any previous reactions to the vaccine when the
next DTP is scheduled.
When should I call my doctor?
need to call the doctor if your baby has been crying in a high pitch
continuously for more than three hours. Your baby may also be difficult
to wake up and be unusually limp and pale. She may have convulsions and
her rectal temperature could be higher than 104.9 degrees fahrenheit.
Convulsions or changes in the level of consciousness are symptomatic of
brain inflammation. These may not develop until after a week of the
What is the schedule of DTP vaccination in India?
per the vaccination schedule prescribed by the Indian Academy of
Paediatrics (IAP), the first dose of DTP vaccination (DTP1) is given
when the baby is 6 weeks old. The second dose (DTP2) is given in the
subsequent month when baby is 10 weeks old and the third one (DTP3) is
given when baby becomes 14 weeks old. The first booster dose (DTP B1)
for the same is given between 15 to 18 months of a childâ€™s age and the
second booster dose (DTP B2) is given between 4 to 6 years of a childâ€™s
age. Although, you can vaccinate your baby as per the schedule
prescribed by your babyâ€™s paediatrician, you can use our Vaccination
Reminder to keep track of your babyâ€™s vaccination due date.
What should do if I miss my babyâ€™s DTP vaccination due date?
you have missed your babyâ€™s vaccination due date for DTP vaccination,
you can contact your babyâ€™s paediatrician. He or she may schedule
another date for giving DTP vaccination to your baby.
Is it alright to give DTP vaccination if the baby is ill?
your child has fever or any other infection, your doctor may advice to
postpone the vaccination. In this case your doctor may schedule the
vaccination when your baby recovers from such illness. So, before taking
an appointment for vaccination, make sure that you inform your doctor
if your baby is coping with any illness. Your doctor may consider not
postponing your childâ€™s vaccination, if he or she is suffering from
common illnesses like mild cold.
Vaccinating children is very
important. Make sure that you follow your doctorâ€™s advice thoroughly
when it is about vaccinating your child. When you get your child
vaccinated, your doctor will always tell you the tentative date for next
vaccination. You must make a note of it and vaccinate your baby as per
the schedule prescribed by your babyâ€™s paediatrician without fail.
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