Calpol & Cuddles

Working as a student nurse I’ve seen injections and procedures being done a fair amount on babies and i’ve even carried out heel prick tests myself. Now, this may make me sound a little heartless (I promise I’m not, I have a very warm squishy centre) but although I felt sorry for the baby and often used a very high pitched voice to tell them they were a brave little girl/boy, I didn’t feel overly emotional about the situation. And although I would comfort the parent I had no real understanding of how they felt. Fast forward a year and I now have total empathy!

On our way to the doctors, blissfully unaware
On our way to the doctors, blissfully unaware

Grace has had three lots of immunisations now, 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 4 months. The first time I took her I felt ok, obviously it’s not going to be a pleasant experience but I was rational and knew they had to be given. That was until I heard the scream; my god I’ve never heard her make a noise like it and considering how badly she suffered with colic that’s saying something. With each injection it got worse, the silent scream (when she’d draw in such a big breath ready to let out an almighty yell) really got to me and heat spread through my body as I desperately tried to comfort her. I bounced around the nurses room while the red book was filled out which seemed to take forever. Once home, she settled quickly and I didnt notice too much of a difference in her. Perhaps a little more clingy but that may have just been me needing the extra cuddles!

With the second lot of jabs I knew what we were in for so felt a little more anxious. I also remembered how painful the intermuscular injection I had during labor was and if that hurt me then her tiny thighs (albeit they have some impressive rolls) must really feel it.

Third time around and my anxiety had peaked; I knew they had to be given but dreaded hearing THAT scream again. I know babies can pick up on your feelings through your body so I really did try to stay relaxed. Grace was smiling away at our lovely nurse seconds before the pinch came which made it even worse, such innocence. Grace settled within a minute, almost like she could just take it in her stride now. However with the third lot she’s definitly been unsettled for a few days after and who can blame her. We’ve followed the calpol guidelines for the MenB vaccine and she hasn’t had a temperature thankfully. Although there has been a lot of comfort feeding, clinginess and unsettled nights. We’ve had to revisit some of our colic buster techniques to sooth her. Including breastfeeding in the bathroom with the shower running as the noise and steam really soothes her.



Although it’s completely unatural to purposefully put your child through pain, it would be so much worse if they were to catch one of the illnesses we thankfully vaccinate against in the UK. If you haven’t experienced ‘the jabs’ yet please don’t let this blog post worry you – that is not my intention. It’s not a nice experince as a parent but so essential and they’ll never remember it; just be ready with those post jab cuddles! I am so thankful in the UK that our children are vaccinated free of charge against so many life threatening illnesses – just another reason why the NHS is friggin awesomeBrilliant blog posts on HonestMum.comKeep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


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  1. It’s quite a long time since i had to go through this. Thankfully both children seemed ok with few tears. Immunisation is definitely good & agree the NHS rock! #kcacols lifeinthemumslane

  2. I haven’t met a parent yet who disagrees with what you have written. They are truly heartbroking moments but it’s all for the greater good. I cried the first time! But then I was a lot stronger the second and third #kcacols

  3. It is awful to hear that scream of your baby or child when you know they can feel pain. You are so right our NHS is bloody amazing and I am so thankful for all the health teams around, so..thank you too for putting yourself forward to become one of them:)

    mainy x

  4. I can really relate to this post, I hate it when my son is getting is vaccines but like you said it will be much worst if they catch one of those life threatening diseases.
    Hope your baby will feel better soon#SharingtheBlogLove

  5. We’ve thankfully had a bit of a break from jabs as my son is now 27 months, so our last ones were at 12 months. But we have the MenB vaccine booked privately for next week and I’m a bit apprehensive about that – it seems so much worse now when he knows it’s coming but doesn’t fully understand why. Luckily my son always seems to react the same way to a vaccine – a period of crying a couple of hours afterwards, and then lots of sleepy cuddles on me for the rest of the day. Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Ooo bless him, I guess at least when they are babies they don’t have the worry before hand. Hope it goes as well as it can do for you. Thanks for hosting the linky #SharingtheBlogLove x

  6. Oh it’s heartbreaking isn’t it? With my eldest daughter I was an emotional wreak! With my youngest daughter I was a bit more prepared and I had my 2 year old daughter watching me and I didn’t want to scar her, so had to keep it together. Thankfully both my girls stopped crying before I was even put the door. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

    1. Brave girls 🙂 I think it’s good when you are forced to put a brave face on helps you get through it yourself! Thanks for hosting the #Sharingthebloglove linky 🙂 x

  7. Aww it’s such a shame when they get their vaccinations. That intake of breath before the almighty scream is terrible. Once you’ve experienced it the anticipation is awful! #KCACOLS

  8. The little screams are just bone chilling. I hate when it comes to jags time, I end up crying myself. At least you know what it’s like on both sides of this, from giving them to having to be the one who takes your little one.

    Jordanne ||

  9. Reading this brings back memories of what it was like with my first born. Now I’ve got to do it with the second born. I wonder if Daddy can go with her instead. #MarvMondays

  10. Aren’t they awful! My little one is 2.5 now so hasn’t had vaccinations in over a year but he’s booked in for the Men B jab and I’m dreading it. I’m so grateful he can have it but at the same time he’s so much older now and more knowing, I fear it’ll be even worse than when he was a baby! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    1. Bless him, at least when they’re babies they have none of the anxiety beforehand. Hope it goes well x

  11. Oh jabs are always so tough with the little ones, but so necessary too. My little boy has his 12 month one coming up soon, I’m dreading it. It was horrible taking my little girls for hers so I know what’s in store. Sniff sniff. Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again next Sunday

  12. Not a remotely pleasant experience but definitely essential! Our little one wasn’t too bad with his – nothing compared to the epic wails when he has a plaster!! #KCACOLS

  13. Aww, mine have both calmed down pretty quickly from the jabs, but it is horrible knowing that they don’t understand what is happening or why it is being done. It’s the bit at the start when they are all smiling & trusting & then they get hurt & don’t know why that I hate. Still, it is for a good reason & to save them worse suffering, even if they don’t understand that! #twinklytuesday

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