Vaccines - help please

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Vaccines - help please

Good morning,

I am not trying to or wanting to start a debate...I just need reassurance.

Today is our 2 month appt and I am told we get lots of vaccines. I am truly scared. I am not sure why but I have a horrible gut feeling and I don't want to do them. I know that some are not even questionable such as Polio but I am scared. I cannot explain it and I have no reason but I am.

Have you all done them? Were there ANY side effects? What should I expect from Lily tonight? Please reassure me!!!

Thanks!

nmc
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Alyeska had hers last week. She cried for a minute when poked but had no side effects from them. There were 3 needle sticks and we did the oral rotovirus. I always ask which vaccine went where and watch the sites for reactions. If you don't know where each vaccine is done then you wouldn't know which one caused a skin reaction if it occurs. A low grade fever and fussiness isn't uncommon after vaccines. Ask your doctor about how much Tylenol she can have if it's needed. Good luck! I cried with DD1 with her first set of shots.

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I just wanted to say if you are worried about getting so many vaccines at one appt talk to your doc about spacing them out over the next few appts. That way you never have more than 2 shots at 1 appt. it is easier to tell if there is a reaction to one shot and there is less pain for the baby. If you space them out by 2 years you are pretty much back on schedule anyways. Good luck.

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I use the schedule dr's recommend here in Canada. I'm not sure if its the same as the US ones.

At 2m both boys have had 2 needles. When Orion got his, he just sort of looked surprised at the first one (dr jokes the first is always a freebee since they dont know its coming) and then cried and squirmed at the second one. After it was done I think he cried for 30 seconds. He was done by the time I got the sleeper zipped up and before I picked him up lol. Soren was pretty much the same, although I know some babies who cry for 5 minutes or so after.
If she does cry a LOT at the time, try nursing right after, helps soothe and comfort them.

As for side effects only things we have seen are a little bump/red spot at the injection site, and crankiness. We've never had a fever reaction from any of them, although it can happen and be considered 'normal'. My dr did say you can "pre-dose" them with tylenol before hand if you want, although we never did. You can also give it to them after if there is any pain/swelling at the site or a mild fever. Ask your doc.

My only advice is to keep an eye on her, but dont worry too much. Usually nothing major happens. Ask your dr what a "serious" effect would be. After her shots, lots of cuddles and patience is all you need. I remember after one of Sorens vaccines (I think it was the 4m ones?) he was so fussy he didnt want to be put down. He was fine, just wanted constant comfort of mommy. I spent the night on the recliner with him and the next day he was fine.

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We do one shot at a time for a variety of reasons. Isaiah had the pentacel shot yesterday (which does have the polio component in it, but it also has the whopping cough one which is VERY important for this age and around here there's been outbreaks so I definitely wanted that one). He has been having more blow out diapers than normal and was cranky and sleepy yesterday but today he's fine. No fever.
I highly reccomend The Vaccine Book to new parents. It's not pro or anti vaccine, it simply lists vaccines by the disease they are for. Tells what's in the shot and explains the disease so you can make your own decision.

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Oh and I do shots once a month until 7 months. This month, 4 months and 6 months he'll get pentacel (not sure I'm spelling that correctly). 3, 5 and 7 months is the prevnar vaccine. I don't do hep b until they are a little older. I delay MMR until 3, varicella until school age. In the end my kids are vaccinated for everything on the 'schedule' just at different times, one at a time.

ETA- I forgot, can't say they are vaccinated for everything on the schedule. We don't do the rotovirus oral vaccine.

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Go with your gut. Max did fine with his shots. They of course cry and are upset but both my boys haven't had any symptoms from them like fussiness or fever. If you're concerned about them, just space them out and get 1 shot at a time. Or delay them till you've done more research and feel comfortable about it.

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I must say that I love our pedi! I told her that I was freaked and she spent forever with us (we were with her for 1.5 hours today). We went over what she feels are imperative and gives her own children (ages 6 mo & 3 years). We did get Polio and the Whopping Cough. We will do more later or not depending on what they are and how I feel about them. She will also let us know of any chicken pox parties she hears about as that is one that I do not like.

She nursed right through the shot with a bit of a squeak but that was about it. She nursed when we got home and went to sleep. I did give her Tylenol just to be sure that we did not have a rough night.

Anyway, thanks for all your thoughts, I really do appreciate being able to ask and not feel judged by anyone!

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Yay! I'm glad it went well. It sounds like you have an awesome pedi to spend the time with you for it... they all should do that, but many probably don't.

We didn't do the chicken pox one either (it was one DS1 was supposed to get at 12m I think) as we figured we could just expose him to it later and deal with it.

Oh and I found out at Orions 2m appt that whooping cough is around here, so I'm glad he had that one too.

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So glad the appointment went well. Sounds like you have a great pedi!

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Glad your aapt went well and your pedi was so great about it!

We were originally going to do a spaced out schedule with our DD, but after two vaccines we chose to discontinue vaccinating for a few reasons, so Lio hasn't had any. I think it's a really personal decision to be honest, and I'm glad you made the decision you're comfortable with. Smile

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"kilahmaree" wrote:

We were originally going to do a spaced out schedule with our DD, but after two vaccines we chose to discontinue vaccinating for a few reasons, so Lio hasn't had any. I think it's a really personal decision to be honest, and I'm glad you made the decision you're comfortable with. Smile

I truthfully did not want do any either but with Lily at a sitter I am not 100% sure what she is exposed to and so I decided that some would be done (such as the Polio) and after speaking to Dr. I felt comfortable with the Whopping Cough but I do not yet know how we will proceed. It just scares me.

She does want me to get the Flu vaccine so that I can pass the antibodies onto Lily but I am not excited about that. The last time I did it was about 17 years ago and I know they say that it will not give you the flu but it was the worst flu I ever had after that shot and I have never gotten the flu again so I am just not inclined to do it.

O'well, more research on the way. Luckily, DH is supportive of whatever I decide.

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Just so you know, the flu vaccine has not been approved as being safe for children under 4, or mothers who are pregnant or *breastfeeding*. I didn't know this until a friend told me, then I researched it, found it to be true, and asked my regular doctor and he confirmed it. To each their own, but it is something worth looking into. I'm not trying to scare you, or anyone else, just thought it was information worth sharing.

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"kilahmaree" wrote:

Just so you know, the flu vaccine has not been approved as being safe for children under 4, or mothers who are pregnant or *breastfeeding*. I didn't know this until a friend told me, then I researched it, found it to be true, and asked my regular doctor and he confirmed it. To each their own, but it is something worth looking into. I'm not trying to scare you, or anyone else, just thought it was information worth sharing.

Thank you for the info. I will definitely research so that I can take the info to her. I really have no interest in it anyway and this will justify my no.

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I had a bad gut feeling with Alex's, too. BUT, when I got there, I talked with his pedi. I told him my concerns... like how my oldest son got the Rotavirus vaccine and still was hospitilized with the Rotavirus. I also asked for a list of ingrediants in their vaccines, he gave them to me, they have to if you ask. And they also don't give more than three vaccines a visit. Some doctors, for whatever reason, overload baby with SIX vaccines at a visit. I always say go with your gut. I had a bad feeling but I think it was b/c I wasn't going in prepared like I wanted to. All my children have had vaccines though and none had side affects. I did delay newborn vax though as he ran a fever after birth and I didn't feel comfortable having them vax him. You can delay vax as long as you like.

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I also don't do the H1N1 vaccine.

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Also, one more thing (I promise), Alex wasn't fussy or feverish. And if you are BFing, not sure if you are, but you pass your immunities off to baby so it's ok, IMO, to delay vaxing.

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"WonderWomanExtrodinare" wrote:

I also don't do the H1N1 vaccine.

We don't do the flu or the H1N1 shots either. It wasnt officially diagnosed but I think DH and I had H1N1, worst flu I've ever had.

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"WonderWomanExtrodinare" wrote:

Some doctors, for whatever reason, overload baby with SIX vaccines at a visit.

WHAT?!?!?!

We always have only had 2 needles MAX at a time with DS1, and thats following the schedule here in Canada until 2 yrs. Crazy.

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