Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Edith | 2012/10/30


An abscess i.e. painful swelling filled with pus of vaccination

My baby boy (5 months) developed an abscess on his arm 5 months after he was vaccinated in hospital few days after he was born must I take him to a doctor is it something to worry about but it is not painfull.

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You are correct, This is an abscess on your baby's arm. It is known as a BCG abscess and occurs at the site where your baby had his BCG immunisation done soon after birth.This is not a painful abscess. No treatment is usually needed for this kind of abscess. It will be slowly absorbed by itself and will eventually disappear completely. This takes several months to happen.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/10/30

My child had this too. The abscess burst a few times and it was smaller each time it reformed.

I took him to the clinic and the nurse said just to leave it open, and if her clothes were irritating it I could put a light gauze dressing on it.

My son didn''t get this with his, he just had a pimple come up.

apparently both are normal and not bad reactions.

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