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post #41 of 56
I wonder if it contains Mercury, someone told me it can lead to autism
post #42 of 56
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Originally Posted by erickalynne View Post
I wonder if it contains Mercury, someone told me it can lead to autism
I do believe it is mercury free.
http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/products/synagis_pi.pdf
post #43 of 56
Synagis is 100% mercury free. Meaning, not only is it not used as a preservative, but it is not used at any stage during the product's manufacture.
post #44 of 56
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Originally Posted by boscopup View Post
I think it's actually made from antibodies from horses. They inject horses with RSV, then pull out the antibodies and make the Synagis from that. Or so I heard/read somewhere.
Actually it is a monoclonal antibody so it's all produced in a lab using cultures of cells. It is produced from animals but mice (I think). Here's a site that explains the basics of monoclonal antibodies. http://www.accessexcellence.org/RC/A..._Antibody.html
post #45 of 56
My 32 weekers qualified their first year for Synagis only because ds was diagnosed with BPD, and I was so thankful (still, we didn't leave the house until late April). We don't qualify this year and I am a little freaked out because my friend's baby had it at the age of nine months and died at the age of 16 months--the doctor who did the autopsy confirmed that she died of undiagnosed asthma that was likely a result of the RSV infection she had as an infant. She was born at full-term. I am not one to take chances with my kids and, for me, the chances of them having an adverse effect (which they never did) from Synagis was BY FAR preferrable to the possible alternative.
post #46 of 56
Yes we are doing the Synagis as well now. My twins were born at 35 weeks and my insurance is covering the $25,000.00 that it will cost. I have one in preschool and a 2 year old who goes to lots of playgroups so I can see snotty noses coming our way this winter.
post #47 of 56
congrats on your twins! I guess it would be 25K with two needing them!
post #48 of 56

Thank you, Thank you! mamas

I feel so fortunate to have found this thread. My second boy just couldn't wait for his due date and thus created his own three and a half months early on 8.20.06. I was so completely unprepared for all this. (First son was a home water birth). Bad, bad lung issues among other things. . . Harrased about vaxing by the hospital staff ( exhaustive research and soul searching leaves me with another firm no on this issue ) however the damn synagis! I have read every study I can track down, listened to my favorite nurses suck it up about the Vax issue, but implore me to go for the synagis shots. I have been so back and forth. He is getting my milk and is still a while away from coming home. Yet my three year old is in preschool. . .
You ladies and your advice here has been a God send. I feel actually OK about the Synagis now. It still worries and discusts me I will be having my
3lb boy injected with rat/mice cells and other junkus, but I never would have imagined a 25 weeker who got as sick as my boy did would be here now, and thriving at that. Thanks again for helping me make this extremely tough call.
post #49 of 56
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Originally Posted by AarenLisbeth View Post
You ladies and your advice here has been a God send. I feel actually OK about the Synagis now. It still worries and discusts me I will be having my
3lb boy injected with rat/mice cells and other junkus, but I never would have imagined a 25 weeker who got as sick as my boy did would be here now, and thriving at that. Thanks again for helping me make this extremely tough call.
And Welcome to you! I can 100% relate to what you have gone thru with my own 24 weeker. And I did the same you did- researched researched reasearched!! I delay vax which is like talking in chinese to the nicu staff but they were very receptive to my reasoning and gave me theirs as well.
One thing we did as Maggie is also our second, like your boy is- we were very upfront from the word go about our parenting beliefs. We explained that we use AP, exclusive breast feed etc. But we did it in a way to make the nicu staff feel we are all on the same team and we all worked together.

But getting back to this: I am doing it because I have a 4 yr old, Maggie went home on O2, and I have seen preemies have to go back to the hospital w RSV and God knows what else they could pick up there.
I look forward to seeing you more on this board.
post #50 of 56
We also keep a stash of healthy aids on hand, Maggie is slinging where ever she goes, always has, she breastfeeds etc. She received her first shot yesterday.
post #51 of 56
[QUOTE=Cyneburh;6478510]We don't vax, we were approved for it by insurance for our son but we decided to decline it.

I am however keeping a good supply of sodium ascorbate around,

What is sodium ascorbate?
post #52 of 56
it's vit c, no?

Well, I have to say that I am incredibly glad that we decided to do the synagis with Rusty. He was born 6 weeks early on 10.3.06, and last week two of my older boys and I got sick - nasty snotty nose, etc. Rusty started having snuffly nose on sunday, took him to ped on monday, did the snot test, it's definitely RSV. He's been a bit fussy and we've been doing nebulizer treatments with him, but his lungs are staying clear, thank God. I definitely credit the synagis with keepign him out of the hospital.
post #53 of 56

Hi,

My son was born at 29 weeks, due to HELLP syndrome, but his lungs were shockingly fully developed. Even the Doctors were shocked. I received a phone call today from my son's pediatrician, stating my son qualifies for the Synagis Shot and that it is recommended for babies born with premature lungs, however my son's were fine. My husband and I have been struggling with deciding on when and what vaccines are best to get, and now this other medication that I really don't know what is in it is being thrown at us and we need to make a decision, as it's September and they need to start them. I felt a little pressured almost from his pedi that I really had no choice whether or not he'd get it because of how she talked about it. I was wondering other's opinions on their interactions with their Pedi's regarding this shot and if anyone has any input on getting it or skipping it depending on how far developed the babies lungs were when born...any input is much appreciated!

post #54 of 56

Synagis is an immune globulin shot, not a vaccine, and it helps prevent babies from getting RSV.  My DD qualified for only two shots, but I was glad to have it, and would do it again. 

post #55 of 56
My daughter was born at 27 weeks, came home from the NICU end of October and we did synagis. No problems with it. We vaccinate generally, too (again, not that it is a vaccine, but still...). Your sons lungs may have been capable of breathing on their own at 29 weeks, but I'm SURE they were not the same as a full term baby's lungs. My daughter has no ongoing respiratory issues. When she finally got RSV when she was about 1-1/2, she was SO sick. She didn't get hospitalized but we took her to her pedi 3 times in 4 days, just to get her checked out. That's pretty typical for RSV, I think. YouR baby's immune system is so fragile right now, he needs any help he can get! (IMO).
post #56 of 56

We got the synagis shots for my 29weeker.  I think there are two issues to think about 1) lungs, even preemies with good lungs are weaker than full term babies; 2) immune system, as it was explained to me, all preemies have weakened immune systems.  In addition to doing the shots, we also kept our daughter in very strict quarantine until that first RSV season was over-and we didn't have other children, so that made it easier.  We all stayed incredibly healthy that winter.

 

I find that now, even though my daughter is almost three, she still gets sick easily and gets sicker than other kids.  Looking back, I'm really glad we did the shots because I can't imagine seeing her so sick when she was only a few months old. 

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