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PM immunizations best for baby?

As the parent of a newborn, the decision making process can sometimes be overwhelming. Yet another new study gives parents something else to think about - you may want to schedule your babies immunizations for the afternoon. 

A study finds that babies vaccinated after 1:30 in the afternoon have a distinct advantage over babies who were vaccinated earlier in the day.

According to Cleveland Clinic pediatrician Dr. Kim Giuliano, "They found these babies were more likely to sleep a longer period of time if they were given their vaccine in the afternoon as oppose to the in the morning."

Sleep, doctors say, is critical after immunization, in facilitating a healthy immune response and increasing antibody production.

Dr. Giuliano adds, "Most infants, vaccinated in the morning or afternoon had the expected rise in body temperature."

A fever reducer is usually used to help the babies sleep, but this study suggests to doctors, including Dr. Giuliano, that the best course of action is an afternoon immunization and holding off on the acetaminophen.

"It's certainly worth considering if your schedule allows to potentially try to schedule your baby's vaccines in the afternoon as opposed to the morning. It would be a good idea though based off this study and some others to consider holding off on the acetaminophen, in terms of preventing fevers and let the child amount their own response," says Dr. Giuliano.

But, that may be an understandable leap of faith for some parents who see a fever reducer as immediate relief for their baby.

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