I had triplets on 7/21 at 33 weeks. One came home at 2.5 weeks, one at 3.5 weeks (last week).
Long scary story short: Yesterday AM my daughter started struggling to breathe, then stopped altogether. Of course she was rushed to the hospital and is back in the NICU. She is currently stable but not breathing on her own and is very very sick. They tested her for everything bacterial (urine, blood, spinal tap) and all was clear. She has respiratory issues and a cough- they are now saying its pertussis. They have swabbed her for it but its a send away test and we wont know 100% til tomorrow. She does not have RSV, that was also negative.
I denied Hep B, eye drops, Vit K etc at birth. They know I am a non-vaccinator. Ironically though, I made the judgment call early in my pregnancy, knowing we would be bringing three preemies home to a house where 5 older children would be going back to school, to get our older children DTaP. That was completed many months ago. So to be clear: my older children are not vaccinated at all EXCEPT for a full course of DTaP, and my babies are not vaccinated at all.
When speaking to the nurse this morning and she mentioned this, I asked what the course of treatment was for pertussis if it is that. She said that they treated with special antibiotics. And they give a DTaP vaccination. Then she said "We know you dont do that, so we have a social worker who will talk to you about it and has already put together information on pertussis and DTaP".
It seems odd to give a DTaP vaccine to a baby that already has pertussis. Am I wrong? Its not going to treat/ cure it, is it? And does it need to be prevented from reoccurring by vaccine if she has already had it and therefore will have natural immunity? I cant find any information on this. Anyone know? She hasnt even been diagnosed yet, but if it comes back positive they are going to move very quickly and I would like to know what I am dealing with.
Insight from you brilliant mamas?