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post #1 of 47
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Is he or she getting sick a lot, basically getting a lot of infections?? Dd is not vaxed but in the cool/cold months she gets sick q. a lot. I have to say her diet is not the best but we keep junk food to v. v. little but it's just that she is not getting enough veges, especially green veges, soups, that kind of thing. She is asthmatic. I shouldn't care about the school but I think they must think that she gets sick a lot because of her vaccination status.

post #2 of 47

Is she getting enough vitamin C and D?

 

My son gets a lot of colds, but it has nothing to do with his vax status, because vaccines don't prevent colds.  Since I've been giving him vitamin C and D supplements and omega-3, he gets sick less and his illnesses are shorter.

 

Your child obviously isn't getting sick with VPDs, so it doesn't matter what the school thinks.

post #3 of 47

You didn't mention how old your child is.  If she is just starting school for the first time after having been home with you full time, it's to be expected that she gets sick a lot.  She's being exposed to a lot of new viruses.  Some kids also just get sick more often. 

 

It has nothing to do with her vaccination status- there is no vaccine for the common cold!

post #4 of 47

We have years like that.  Some years my kids have no problem, but there was one year where my middle son got every.single.virus that was around, and it took him longer to recover.  We were doing everything!  VitaminC,D, elderberry, echinacea, mushrooms, greens, soups, you name it!  Since then, he's been great and that was 2 years ago.  shrug.gif

post #5 of 47

My unvaccinated children rarely get sick, even as little ones first going to pre-school. If they were ever under the weather, it would last a couple of days and they would be back to normal again. 

post #6 of 47

Vaccines, if they are even working rather than actually making you sick or doing nothing, only prevent the thing they are for (diptheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, certain strains of the flu, etc). Maybe she'd get less flus if vaccinated for them but same amount of colds and tummy bugs. Mine get sick now and then for a couple days, rarely enough to slow them down. My oldest's best friend gets sick and infections (strep, uti, ear, etc) constantly since infancy and she is fully vaxxed, eats poorly. receives rounds of antibiotics many times a year, and was born a month early by induction.

post #7 of 47
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Originally Posted by WildKingdom View Post

You didn't mention how old your child is.  If she is just starting school for the first time after having been home with you full time, it's to be expected that she gets sick a lot.  She's being exposed to a lot of new viruses.  Some kids also just get sick more often. 

It has nothing to do with her vaccination status- there is no vaccine for the common cold!


I agree with Wildkingdom. The accepted wisdom from parents in my area is that kids will get sick a lot on their first 6 months of attending an institution whether that is school at 5-6yo or daycare at a younger age.

My, as yet, unvaxxed toddler does get sick but not very often. I want to say 3 times this year but not 100% sure. She is certainly not one of those unvaxxed kids you read about on here who never gets sick but it doesn't happen much. I think that is mainly because she doesn't have a great deal of contact with other kids - no daycare, rarely attends toddler classes and occasionally we go to mother's group. Most of her close contact is with adult family members.

I hear what you're saying about diet too. My LO is very anti-vegetable at the moment. We also eat almost no junk food but the lack of veggies worries me. At the moment she is happy to eat plenty of fruit though. I don't love the amount of sugar but I'd rather that than create conflict over food. I offer veggies whenever they're part of our meal and she sees DH and me enjoying them. I'm hopeful this is just a stage for her. Anyway, that's a bit OT, just wanted to say you're not alone with that one.
post #8 of 47

no, they rarely get sick and it's pretty much stuff that is going around. DS2 brought croup over from his cousin's house. he didnt get sick but DD did.
 

post #9 of 47

My DD (7 1/2 now) is fully vaxed because I didn't stop vaxing until she was 5. My DS (2) is unvaxed. DS caught RSV when he was a few months old (it really wasn't bad at all) and West Nile earlier this year (again, not bad at all). Other than that, I don't think he's ever been sick. Not even a cold so far. By this point, DD had already been hospitalized with the flu, battled ear infections, viruses, you name it. She got sick a lot and when she got sick, it really nailed her. I'm not sure how much of the difference has to do with vax status, but I can't see how being unvaxed is going to make a kid get sick more frequently since most of the typical childhood illnesses are viruses that we don't have vaccines for in the first place.

post #10 of 47

I'd worry more abouth length of time to recover.  Getting sick isn't an issues, it's just the body's way of responding.  But if they don't recover quickly then you need to look at the immune system and ways to boost it as that would be a sign of it not working as well as it should.

post #11 of 47

My unvaxed daughter is almost going to be 5 years old and maybe averages getting sick once or twice a year, which only causes missing about 1 day of school. Her recovery seems fast. Her diet isn't great with what they feed her at school and with what her dad feeds her (we split custody), but I supplement her with Vitamin D, probiotics, raw fermented sauerkraut, vitamin C, zinc & try to feed her nutrient dense foods, which I think all helps for fast recovery. the last time she was sick with a runny nose and she knew she was sick and she was saying 'I'm getting sick", she actually didn't miss a day of school...it just never got bad enough.

post #12 of 47
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Originally Posted by WildKingdom View Post

You didn't mention how old your child is.  If she is just starting school for the first time after having been home with you full time, it's to be expected that she gets sick a lot.  She's being exposed to a lot of new viruses.  Some kids also just get sick more often. 

 

It has nothing to do with her vaccination status- there is no vaccine for the common cold!

This is her second yr at school. She is 5 +. The first year was only for a couple of hrs. or more and she fell sick a lot. She was one of the two or three kids that didn't have a sibling already in school. I know older siblings pass on the infections but at the same time the infections increase their immunity since the body knows the germs...

post #13 of 47
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Originally Posted by QueenOfTheMeadow View Post

We have years like that.  Some years my kids have no problem, but there was one year where my middle son got every.single.virus that was around, and it took him longer to recover.  We were doing everything!  VitaminC,D, elderberry, echinacea, mushrooms, greens, soups, you name it!  Since then, he's been great and that was 2 years ago.  shrug.gif

Can I ask how old he is?

post #14 of 47
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My DD (7 1/2 now) is fully vaxed because I didn't stop vaxing until she was 5. My DS (2) is unvaxed. DS caught RSV when he was a few months old (it really wasn't bad at all) and West Nile earlier this year (again, not bad at all). Other than that, I don't think he's ever been sick. Not even a cold so far. By this point, DD had already been hospitalized with the flu, battled ear infections, viruses, you name it. She got sick a lot and when she got sick, it really nailed her. I'm not sure how much of the difference has to do with vax status, but I can't see how being unvaxed is going to make a kid get sick more frequently since most of the typical childhood illnesses are viruses that we don't have vaccines for in the first place.

Thanks. I think there is vaccinations for the flu and maybe I was leaning in that direction. Well, honestly, I didn't think too much about the diseases. My cousin commented one time saying dd gets sick a lot because she is not vaxed and it kind of stuck in my head.

post #15 of 47
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Originally Posted by JamieCatheryn View Post

Vaccines, if they are even working rather than actually making you sick or doing nothing, only prevent the thing they are for (diptheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, certain strains of the flu, etc). Maybe she'd get less flus if vaccinated for them but same amount of colds and tummy bugs. Mine get sick now and then for a couple days, rarely enough to slow them down. My oldest's best friend gets sick and infections (strep, uti, ear, etc) constantly since infancy and she is fully vaxxed, eats poorly. receives rounds of antibiotics many times a year, and was born a month early by induction.

She gets flu like symptoms a lot which could be a combination of some of the following: sore throat, fever, high fever, runny nose, cough, sneezing.

post #16 of 47

Since flus are so rarely life threatening or damaging and so many risks are associated with the vaccines, I prefer we get sick a few times than risk the mercury, aluminum, seizures, strokes, mental impairments and all those things that might rarely result from it. But for some people the flu vax does decrease number of illnesses, makes them feel awful just right after they get it instead. Also I notice my kids make huge developmental leaps after an illness, especially one with a fever.


Edited by JamieCatheryn - 9/16/12 at 5:20am
post #17 of 47
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She gets flu like symptoms a lot which could be a combination of some of the following: sore throat, fever, high fever, runny nose, cough, sneezing.

These are not symptoms of disease per se but signs that the body is in a healing phase. The so-called disease goes unnoticed.

post #18 of 47
Both my boys are unvaxed and rarely get sick. But they eat a very healthy diet that's mostly organic with very little meat. And they both take tons of vitamins.

I kinda consider Vit C to be my "vaccine". Whenever my babies come down with something, I start mega dosing Vit C and so far everything they have had clears up extremely quickly. Because of Vit C, I really don't worry about illness/infections. smile.gif
post #19 of 47
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Both my boys are unvaxed and rarely get sick. But they eat a very healthy diet that's mostly organic with very little meat. And they both take tons of vitamins.
I kinda consider Vit C to be my "vaccine". Whenever my babies come down with something, I start mega dosing Vit C and so far everything they have had clears up extremely quickly. Because of Vit C, I really don't worry about illness/infections. smile.gif

Hi Shanesmom,

 

What brand Vit C do you use?

post #20 of 47
I'm not loyal actually to any one brand. The most important thing is that it is pure C with no fillers and that he eats it. smile.gif

So I will get different kinds of chewables and spread out the dosage throughout the day. That's the most important thing to remember about Vit C. The body heals best when it had a constant supply bring given over a 24 hour period.

For vitamins in general, Vitamin Code is the best. It's raw. It's organic. It's highly absorbable.
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