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Vaccinations – more painful for Kitty or for me? Part 1


So Kitty is due for his six-week vaccinations tomorrow. Thinking about this has been giving me nightmares and sleepless nights over the last couple of days. This is because I have heard so many scary stories of the agony infants go through when they receive the chanjo’s.

I am told they scream their lungs out and shed rivers and rivers of tears. I also hear they turn pink-blue from the agony. I am made to understand that they develop a fever too. That the spot in the thigh where they were injected pains for around 4 days. That even changing a diaper, bathing them or oiling them is a nightmare as they scream and throw kicks in the air as though they were a dying horse. Please note that all this is hearsay.

I hope you now understand why I have been having them sleepless nights (eye bugs and sad expression on my face). Ofcouse, you may tell me that I should not be going by hearsay, and that I should not think about the injections in this way. That he will cry for a while yes, but it will pass. That I can help the process by giving him some painkiller syrup around 5 minutes before the injection, and every six hours after that. I definitely intend to do this no doubt, but surely, shouldn’t there be a more powerful drug that would sedate them until the pain clears completely?

And yes, I know that I shouldn’t be thinking about the injections this way, that I should be optimistic. I agree and I have told myself this several times. But then again, do not forget that me, just like you, i’m a human being (and a mother in this case) so sometimes some of these things we know them theoretically but putting them into practice is something else.

Today, I am not in a very upbeat mood. As the youth would say, niko down tu sana. I have been staring at Kitty all day and feeling very sorry for my little boy. I look at his tiny cute face and shudder at the thought of how it will possibly be contorted in pain tomorrow. I look at his little pinkish-brown thigh and I wish I could be injected for him. I wish the medical researchers could develop a simpler and painless way of vaccinating children. Like if there could be a vaccine-laden lollypop that the kids could suck. Or if the mother could receive the injection, then the contents be transferred to the child through breastmilk. I mean, really, shouldn’t science have come up with a less painful way for this in this day and age?

Anyway since this has not yet happened, all I can do for now is continue interceding for Kitty.

In between the sleepless nights, I have actually been wondering – are these injections more painful for the child or are they more painful for the mother?

Otherwise stay tuned to this blog, I will let you know how it went in part 2 of this post.

*Goes back to holding head in hands, staring at Kitty and wiping a dropping tear off my face*



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Maryanne W. Waweru is a Kenyan mum raising her two sons in Nairobi. A journalist, Maryanne is passionate about telling stories and hopes that through her writing, her readers learn something new, feel encouraged, inspired, and appreciative of what they have in their lives. Maryanne's writing focuses on motherhood, women and lifestyle. "Telling stories is the only thing I know how to do," she says.


  1. I know that feeling, i remember we made sure we had panadol syrup in the house, gave them 20 minutes before we went for the injections. i kept asking….is it normally painful over n over. so i decided to wait for the moment. one of my daughters cried soo much, my tears were on the verge of dropping then i just thought to myself…who will comfort her if i also start crying so i grew strong n zoead. it pains but not for 4 days…just a day n night. the best thing is to take him early morning so u observe him the whole day then by night he has recovered kiasi. relax all will be well, just be there to hold him n comfort him n give him nyonyo immediately

  2. Sweetheart don worry with technology advancing, there are baby friendly vaccinations that don’t have the crazy side effects and this worked well 4 me in 2009. ask your doctor about it…your headavhes and worries will be gone.kiss kitty 4 me


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